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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zbigniew Brzezinski Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781400174591
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America’s most distinguished commentator on foreign policy, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, offers a reasoned but unsparing assessment of the last three presidential administrations’ foreign policy. Though spanning less than two decades, these administrations cover a vitally important turning point in world history: the period in which the United States, having emerged from the cold war with unprecedented power and prestige, managed to squander both in a remarkably short time. This is a tale of decline: from the competent but conventional thinking of the first Bush administration, to the well-intentioned self-indulgence of the Clinton administration, to the mortgaging of America’s future by the “suicidal statecraft” of the second Bush administration. Brzezinski concludes with a chapter on how America can regain its lost prestige. This scholarly yet highly opinionated book is sure to be both controversial and influential.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamil Salamah | 12/21/2013

    " An honest advise by a prominent American person to help the USA become a real world leader. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/18/2013

    " this book is cut into three parts. i have read two and enjoy them but it is dry non-fiction so it is taking me a while to finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 11/1/2013

    " The next U.S. president should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/19/2013

    " WE'RE DOOMED. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 1/11/2013

    " Very repetitive and somewhat self-serving, but made some reasonably sane points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken Elser | 1/10/2013

    " Presents objective reviews of Bush 41 and Clinton (B.) and their performance in foreign affairs, mostly so that he can emphasize the extent to which Bush 43 has screwed up everything he's touched. And I appreciate that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/5/2012

    " His book The Grand Chessboard, was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Piot | 4/21/2012

    " Very interesting review of the past three presidents in light of undeniably, irreversibly, growing globalism, the rise of the southern hemisphere and eastern worlds...a great predictor for Obama's rise, and considering his approach to the presidency so far, he must have studied Zbiggy well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/21/2011

    " I really should give this book 2 1/2 stars. It is terribly simplistic, covering three presidents' foreign policy in a scant 250 pages, but also greatly insightful. A reasonable primer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Daugherty | 3/22/2011

    " A good look at the prospects for the US future politics since the end of the cold war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/7/2010

    " One of the most cogent distillations of the consequences of foreign policy decisions I've ever encountered. A teachable work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 3/16/2010

    " Chilling. Anyone who thinks that the US isn't an empire should read this book from "the human rights President" Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor. While he stops just short of calling the US an empire, he places its power and scope in the context of other empires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 10/10/2009

    " Interesting perspective on the cold war. Gets dry at times but overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamil | 7/25/2009

    " An honest advise by a prominent American person to help the USA become a real world leader. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 11/2/2008

    " Chilling. Anyone who thinks that the US isn't an empire should read this book from "the human rights President" Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor. While he stops just short of calling the US an empire, he places its power and scope in the context of other empires. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 6/22/2008

    " One of the most cogent distillations of the consequences of foreign policy decisions I've ever encountered. A teachable work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 6/15/2008

    " Presents objective reviews of Bush 41 and Clinton (B.) and their performance in foreign affairs, mostly so that he can emphasize the extent to which Bush 43 has screwed up everything he's touched. And I appreciate that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/24/2008

    " His book The Grand Chessboard, was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 1/7/2008

    " The next U.S. president should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/10/2007

    " A good look at the prospects for the US future politics since the end of the cold war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/16/2007

    " this book is cut into three parts. i have read two and enjoy them but it is dry non-fiction so it is taking me a while to finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/24/2007

    " I really should give this book 2 1/2 stars. It is terribly simplistic, covering three presidents' foreign policy in a scant 250 pages, but also greatly insightful. A reasonable primer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 5/23/2007

    " Very repetitive and somewhat self-serving, but made some reasonably sane points. "

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About the Author
Author Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as national security adviser to President Carter from 1977 to 1981. He is the author of a number of books, including The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives and The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.