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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fareed Zakaria Narrator: Fareed Zakaria Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781442345911
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“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbuster on the United States in the twenty-first century. The trends he identifies have proceeded faster than anyone anticipated. How might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? In this fully updated edition, Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A relentlessly intelligent book.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Zakaria…is judicious, reasonable, smooth, [and] intelligent…He points out that, aside from some pockets of backwardness, the whole world has been getting much richer…Even though the economic scene looks gloomier now than it did when he finished his book, Zakaria is correct to insist that many people everywhere have benefited from the global boom.” 

    New Yorker

  • “Thought-provoking and important…Fareed Zakaria, whose wise and perceptive editorials in the American magazine Newsweek should be required reading for policymakers around the planet, has written a minor masterpiece full of pragmatic, informed intelligence…Zakaria is optimistic, though far from complacent…Read Zakaria to know what has, should, and will happen.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but ‘the rise of everyone else,’ readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as Newsweek editor and popular pundit Zakaria…delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the twenty-first century is heading…A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/13/2014

    " I wouldn't say that this book is the idealogical dynamite that his first was for me, but I did appreciate how he framed the US in the context of the new world we live in. It made me realize that if we don't make several important improvements as a nation then we are in danger of slipping in our unique standing. But according to Zakaria, maybe that's not such a bad thing after all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caille | 2/2/2014

    " Fantastic! A must-read for anyone interested in foreign policy or global affairs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nando Ginting | 1/29/2014

    " the rise of the rest, smart power, media does control the world, the power shifts and peace.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Snodgrass Callaway | 1/27/2014

    " Fareed Zakaria GPS is my favorite Sunday morning TV commentary. This new edition of his Post American World was worth a re-read as he updated to include latest news. An important book, a global view of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjo | 1/22/2014

    " Zakaria takes on the world that is coming, with the rise of true global competitors to US hegemony and the options that are available to the US to deal with the "rise of the rest." It's an interesting, grow the pie perspective, and it's nice to see a cooler head present a dispassionate view of the world, devoid of the heat typically seen in the US media. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 1/11/2014

    " Another good book club selection....need to hurry though, we meet Saturday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/7/2014

    " One of the better current events non-fiction I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klingon1 | 12/27/2013

    " Very nice and objective overview of todays world society. Definetely a basic knowledge everyone should understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Fitzpatrick | 12/10/2013

    " Zakaria has many facts and can explain issues of globalization and the international economy in a simple way. However, Zakaria had many theoretical inconsistencies as he wrestles between political realism and jumping into global interdependence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anoop | 10/25/2013

    " This is a must read.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/17/2013

    " Excellent assessment of the socio-cultural and political state of the United States in 2011-2012. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 5/21/2012

    " A really interesting take from one of the leading scholars of global geo-politics and economics. A must-read today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/18/2012

    " Excellent points about the rise of India and China. This book will make you think about the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 1/11/2012

    " Heel boeiend boek. Weer wat bijgeleerd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walker*Management*Library | 11/15/2011

    " Selection from Dean Bradford's book club "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Damstedt | 10/14/2011

    " Great insights into the future... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 9/15/2011

    " My favorite political writer. It was good, but not his best/most insightful. There just wasn't a ton that was new/unique. However, I still love his point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athman | 5/12/2011

    " A reality check on America's position in the global world of the 21st century! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 4/12/2011

    " if you want to prepare your children for the future this book (or listen to the audio CD on a long trip)is a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/7/2011

    " Nothing too surprising if you pay attention to the news and ask "so what?" a whole lot.

    That said, he has some very interesting views, and for people who don't absorb media all day, may of his stories will be shocking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 3/31/2011

    " Brilliant writing and analysis of the global economy from a brilliant but down to earth author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pratap | 3/8/2011

    " The beginning was interesting enough but it became repetitive and boring after a while. I couldn't finish the book... and that's never a good sign (for the book) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/12/2011

    " Zakaria lays out the current international reality as clearly as any other analyst I have read. If you want to understand the world as it is and as it will be, this is the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/8/2011

    " Sadly, but not surprisingly, this book already seems a bit outdated, given everything happening in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East. Still, this is a well-written and sobering book about the trend of the world away from U.S. hegemony. We'd better get used to it! "

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About the Author
Author Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is editor-at-large of Time, a Washington Post columnist, a New York Times bestselling author, and host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPSHe received a BA from Yale and a PhD from Harvard. He lives in New York City.