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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Starobin Narrator: Lloyd Jame Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Moving beyond Fareed Zakaria’s bestselling The Post-American World, veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the United States is no longer the dominant superpower. The American Century has passed, argues Starobin, due in large part to America’s military overreach in the Middle East; resurgent nationalism and economic expansion in Russia, China, and India; the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism; and the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions.

Following an insightful analysis of America’s global ascendancy, Starobin explores five possible scenarios for the future: an age of chaos like the one following the collapse of the Roman Empire; a multipolar order of nations in which America would be one great power among others; China becoming the dominant superpower; an age of global city-states; or a form of world government. A concluding section of the book explores how California—the eighth largest economy in the world and demographically and technologically among the most sophisticated spots on the planet—is already starting to move beyond the American Century.

Thought-provoking and well argued, After America serves as an urgent catalyst to discussing America’s evolving role in a dramatically changing world. Starobin’s tone is sober but in the end hopeful—the world after America need not be a disaster for America, and it might even be liberating.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by BAKU | 11/21/2012

    " you can skip parts one and two ( and probably the conclusion ) part three covers some current trends "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jh | 11/2/2009

    " reads like: dick cavett's "what fascinating people i met told me the next century would be like... did i mention i know justice stephen breyer?"

    i was expecting 'the world without us' type of conjecture, i guess that isnt very realistic... unfortunately. "

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About the Author

Paul Starobin is a staff correspondent for the National Journal and a contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly. He was Moscow bureau chief for Business Week from 1999 to 2003, and he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.