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Author: Peter Zeihan Narrator: Peter Zeihan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781478983118
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In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, The Accidental Superpower will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power.

Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a global arrangement enforced by the US Navy. With all the world’s oceans safe for the first time in history, markets and resources were made available for everyone. Enemies became partners.

We think of this system as normal—it is not. We live in an artificial world on borrowed time.

In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how the hard rules of geography are eroding the American commitment to free trade; how much of the planet is aging into a mass retirement that will enervate markets and capital supplies; and how, against all odds, it is the ever-ravenous American economy that—alone among the developed nations—is rapidly approaching energy independence. Combined, these factors are doing nothing less than overturning the global system and ushering in a new (dis)order.

For most, that is a disaster-in-waiting, but not for the Americans. The shale revolution allows Americans to sidestep an increasingly dangerous energy market. Only the United States boasts a youth population large enough to escape the sucking maw of global aging. Most important, geography will matter more than ever in a deglobalizing world, and America’s geography is simply sublime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[An] ingenious, optimistic overview of America’s superpower status…readers will find it difficult to put down this fascinating addition to the ‘rise and fall of nations’ genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “In The Accidental Superpower, Peter Zeihan has explored a contemporary version of Napoleon’s dictum that the power of countries derives from their geography. He brings a refreshingly novel and thought-provoking approach to understanding the rise of a US-led global order, current threats, and why the US will probably ride out the future better than others.”

    George Magnus, author of The Age of Ageing and Uprising

  • “An adventurous anatomy of how geography, demographics, and resources will sway the American future.”

    Laurence C. Smith, author of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future

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About the Author

Peter Zeihan launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 after working for twelve years with the geopolitical analysis firm Stratfor, where he was vice president of analysis.