The Post-American World is a non-fiction book by American journalist Fareed Zakaria. It was published in hardcover and audiobook formats in early May and became available in paperback in early May ; the Updated and Expanded Release followed in Release Fareed Zakaria (Author) Fareed Zakaria’s international bestseller The Post-American World pointed to the “rise of the rest”—the growth of. Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and an editor at large for Time The Post-American World: Release by Fareed Zakaria.

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As a result, some of the early parts of the book where he refers to the booming economy seem a little dated and out of touch, but overall his thesis stands and is well-argued in spite of these minor quibbles. He also worlld his contention that the Chinese political leadership is circumspect and moderate in the sense that it wants to rise peacefully rather than aggressively. Poverty is falling in countries housing 80 percent of the world’s population.

Fareed Zakaria: What Does A ‘Post-American World’ Look Like? : NPR

He says America is now heading toward what he calls a “post-American” world, in which the United States’ share of the fwreed pie” is much smaller — as the rest of the globe begins to catch up.

Instead of pissing our pants in fear, we need to accept the fact that the world is becoming more aorld us and, as a result, nations like China, India, Russia, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia will capture a larger share of the world’s economic pie. It would worrld them a path to citizenship. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda—all formidable tasks.

New York Times Book Review: The book is not about the decline of America although there are some things things you can definitely point to as examples of possible decline. The impact of global growth on natural resources and the environment.

He talks at length about Indian democracy. Zakaria begins by discussing how the United States — as well as its citizens — has continued to perceive itself, from the end of the Cold War to the present, as the sole global superpower and utopian democratic and capitalist nation by which the rest of the world should admire it and follow suit.

To claim that the US strives for democracy is contradicted by the facts – in fact there is a high correlation between US support for foreign states and the incidence of human rights violations in those states.


At the same time, Zakaria sees attitudes in the US becoming insular and distrustful of foreigners. The first chapter introduces the thesis of the book: View all 9 comments.

Unlike other international relations big think books, this one does not provide a vigorous examination of the global system.

Charts and illustrated would have added value. Though we talk about a new era, the world seems to be one with which we are familiar. Zakaria notes that most nation-states are transforming their societies into relatively open societies that mimic the Anglo-American classical liberal philosophy and are aggressively implemented free market principles. In one month inIndia and Brazil were willing to frontally defy the United States at the Doha trade talks, Russia attacked and occupied parts of Georgia, and China hosted the most spectacular and expensive Olympic Games in history.

Videos About This Book. Soon after it industrialized, the United States became the most powerful nation since imperial Rome, and the only one that was stronger than any likely combination of other nations. Zakaria asserts that Western economics, religion and culture have been dominant forces for over half a millennium. The impact of free trade. The books starts off with a quote from the historian Arnold Toynbee about how there are no intrinsic reasons why a civilization read an empire should not go on forever, in spite of all the previous ones having failed or faded.

Trade, development, military operations, and political operations, previously required American intervention, now these things can skirt our borders, or Washington. Let us hope that it will be a story of a country that is first among equals and that, rather than standing obstinately apart, is willing to cooperate with other countries to get things done.

We would go to the bottom of the pack in terms of deficit as a percentage of GDP among the rich countries in the world — we would basically solve our fiscal problems for the short term. But, as other nations follow our lead and rise to their own model of capability and prosperity, our position relative to them will level somewhat.

I highly recommend this book! The world is moving from anger to indifference, from anti-Americanism to post-Americanism.

What Does A ‘Post-American World’ Look Like?

I’m glad I read it, I’m working on broadening my perspective, and there is much about the international finance world I never even began to imagine. Our higher education system is the greatest in the world, by many magnitudes. The rise of the rest is pot heart an economic phenomenon, but it has consequences for nearly every other sphere of life. There are events that economics call low-probability, high-impact events that you don’t want to test.


While they have had booms and busts, the overall trend has been unambiguously upward. The final chapter outlines how the US has used its power and provides six guidelines for the US to follow in the ‘post-American world’ envisioned by Zakaria.

This is a contention that is probably more his belief than a forcefully argued conclusion. Critics commented on Zakaria’s teleological point-of-view. Address problems through a variety of different structures e.

There have been three tectonic power shifts over the last five hundred years, fundamental changes in the distribution of power that have reshaped international life — its politics, economics, and culture. In fact, America’s educational system produces graduates who are less adept at rote memorization but with creative thinking skills that enable American workers to innovate and adapt far quicker than our Asian and European competitors.

For a scholar who claims to cast aside the old weaponry of ideology and theory, he seems to invest an awful lot of time into the defense of a sort of glib Reaganism that he claims is “non-ideological” or “realism” or some such B.

He explains why the U. What we don’t have is a political system that can take the simple measures to deal with our short-term deficit. At the end he concludes to 6 recommendations to get through And, of course, it means that whatever natural resources the developing country has must belong to those US corporations. A lot of misconceptions put to rest: The world’s largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore.

Sounds like it might be a really good book. The impact of immigration.

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

He is the author of several books, including The Future of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. This would be a good starting point for the dispirited American wondering where how we should start over after eight less than ideal years. Zakaria is one of the most sensible voices around in my opinion and, could he BE any handsomer!?

The sixth chapter compares the American rise to superpower status and its use of power. This is creating an international system in which countries in all parts of the world are no longer objects or observers but players in their own right.