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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Kagan Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781482977646
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Post-Cold War, the world remains “unipolar,” but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict. Communism is dead, but a new contest between western liberalism and the great eastern autocracies of Russia and China has reinjected ideology into geopolitics. Radical Islamists are waging a violent struggle against the modern secular cultures and powers that, in their view, have dominated, penetrated, and polluted their Islamic world. The grand expectation that the world would enter an era of international geopolitical convergence has proven wrong. Kagan poses the most important questions facing the liberal democratic countries, challenging them to choose whether they want to shape history or let others shape it for them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brief and wonderfully argued volume…that has a message for Americans of all political stripes. ”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intensely interesting and lucid…Written with exemplary clarity and profound good sense, it reads like a briefing paper for the next president of the United States, and as such it is indispensable reading—not just for McCain or Obama but for everyone interested in the uncertain and fragile near future of the world.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[A] stirring treatise on post-Cold War politics…Kagan’s well-considered message will resonate with history buffs and current-affairs junkies looking for the latest in neocon thought.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Holter Graham narrates with authority but without artifice or too much gravitas, which would be all too easy. He varies his cadence to emphasize points and to allow the listener to catch up with the concepts.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/8/2014

    " A short, concise, and thought provoking view of the emerging geopolitical environment that the USA must contend with, and which it has an obligation and a destiny to continue to shape "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stewart | 2/8/2014

    " Since reading this book China hosted the Olympics in all its pomp and circumstance and Russia reasserted its dominance over its near abroad. These events fall accurately into the world view that Kagan puts forth in his neo-con essay. Interestingly his assumption of authoritarian unity vs. the "democratic" west is quite obviously false. Chinese-American interdependence is one of the greatest symbiotic relationships in the world. Furthermore, competing interests in Central and South Asia will increasingly put China at odds with the Russian oligarchs. To assume, because they follow the same development and government patterns that they are natural allies, is ridiculous. The reality is that as America draws down its international presence in the medium term the vacuum will be filled with the new Great Powers competing against one another just like the old days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/7/2014

    " Ive read some of Kagan's stuff before and it can be very insightful. Now that the period of US hegemonic dominance is over a new period of history is emerging. Fukuyama's early 90's pronouncement of the "end of history" has run its course and now we begin where we left off. "

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

    " Kagan provides an exquisite primer for the pitch the United States missed when the USSR imploded. God, I can't wait for the post-America world to get here in full force! Seeing our fool government operate at home and abroad is like watching chimps murder unicorns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Horne | 1/21/2014

    " Russia and China and the US and Europe. It is the 19th Century all over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan | 12/28/2013

    " MUY INTERESANTE "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/23/2013

    " Great, concise book (just over 100 pages) - a sober and rational take on the world and America's place in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luis | 12/1/2013

    " A smallish book, should have been an essay. A little fluffy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 11/15/2013

    " Great for someone who is taking/or took PolSci in college. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 1/1/2013

    " Very short, not all that useful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lysergius | 12/20/2012

    " A fairly insightful look at the "end of history", and what comes after. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/6/2012

    " Kagan disappoints again. Some useful facts, but mostly it's just him spouting his neocon opinions... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 11/14/2012

    " A very simple easy to read book discussion the emerging world order in a post cold war global setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samaire | 5/31/2012

    " Very though provoking, clearly and concisely written. Believable and objective. An excellent response to "The End of History." Recommended for history/ politics buffs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shad | 4/29/2012

    " It was thought-provoking, but I generally prefer more research-intensive books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raully | 10/25/2011

    " Everything you wanted to know about geopolitics in forty-five minutes. (ahem) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sebastião | 3/30/2011

    " Must read this. Kagan gives us a really good thought about reality and remember that the history and politics is a circle as a wheel always moving, not a straight line where men go hand in hand adding 1. The international game is zero-sum and the geopolitics still works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cavolonero | 12/13/2010

    " Very short, not all that useful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marco | 1/7/2010

    " Good to get an overall perspective on geopolitics. From one person's point of view of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 11/1/2009

    " An interesting and well positioned look at 21st century geopolitics and the dynamic balance of power between liberal democracy and autocracy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 2/11/2009

    " Kagan disappoints again. Some useful facts, but mostly it's just him spouting his neocon opinions... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Channon | 1/25/2009

    " All very predictable neocon arguments based on geopolitics. You can tell he REALLY misses that Cold War. All in all...blah. Nothing to write a review about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/7/2009

    " Ive read some of Kagan's stuff before and it can be very insightful. Now that the period of US hegemonic dominance is over a new period of history is emerging. Fukuyama's early 90's pronouncement of the "end of history" has run its course and now we begin where we left off. "

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About the Author
Author Robert KaganRobert Kagan is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he is director of the U.S. Leadership Project. In addition to a monthly column in the Washington Post, he is the author of A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977–1990 and coeditor, with William Kristol, of Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy. Kagan served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988.
About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.