September 22nd 2008

The Post American World. Fareed Zakaria.

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International was a featured speaker at Charles Schwab Institutional Impact 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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The Post American World  Fareed Zakaria. 2008. ISBN 9780393062359.  This could be a very important book, if the current crop of pres idential candidates ever read it. The author is a senior writer at Newsweekand the editor of Newsweek International.  For those of us who watch the international stage this book is a telling indictment of how much GW bush has squandered what little remained of US good will internationally. Theauthor presents some hopeful ideas however of how this could be turned around, so that the the US, unlike Britain and its empire, does not undermine its own leadership position worldwide.  His chapters on China and India are very insightful.  It strikes me as a balanced, optimistic and well researched book, full of worldly details.  He does ask that there be a sea change in US culture , to resist hunkering down and unilaterally forcing all other countries to the US position. Above all to be curious about the World, to listen to others,  not pander to temporary political winds, resist fear, get its confidence back.  Fort an academic style of book this was an easy almost to the point of engrossing read. You cannot help but learn a lot about the World, to counter Fox and CNN views.

Book cover of "The Post-American World"

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