By Fareed Zakaria
In this new edition of his earlier book, Fareed Zakaria makes sense of America’s rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years – the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States – to tell us what we can
expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.
The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink.
As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of a dominating power to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda – all of which are formidable tasks.
None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known – the only power that for so
long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads today. In a new global era where the United States
no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can America continue to thrive?
336 pages. Hardcover. 2011.
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