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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Kagan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780449012918
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What would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home? And is America really in decline? Robert Kagan, New York Times best-selling author and one of the country’s most influential strategic thinkers, paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the United States were truly to let its influence wane.
Although Kagan asserts that much of the current pessimism is misplaced, he warns that if America were indeed to commit “preemptive superpower suicide,” the world would see the return of war among rising nations as they jostle for power; the retreat of democracy around the world as Vladimir Putin’s Russia and authoritarian China acquire more clout; and the weakening of the global free-market economy, which the United States created and has supported for more than sixty years. We’ve seen this before—in the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I.
Potent, incisive, and engaging, The World America Made is a reminder that the American world order is worth preserving, and America dare not decline. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The book makes the case that the nation’s decline is a myth, a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008 rather than to any genuine geopolitical shifts. The New York Times
  • These ideas struck a chord with a President accused of leading a great American retreat. Michael Crowley, Time
  • Kagan paints with a broad brush, sprinkling a memorable metaphor here, a striking simile there . . . He provides a compelling demonstration that whether it's protecting the sea lanes vital for free trade or nudging societies toward democracy, the world stands a better chance with America in prime position than with China or Russia in the lead. The New York Times Book Review   
  • [Marco] Rubio's foreign-policy views have evidently been recently shaped by a reading of Robert Kagan's The World America Made, a much-discussed refutation of the now-popular notion of American decline. As a Romney advisor who has penned bedside reading for President Barack Obama, Kagan could plausibly claim to be the most prominently cited writer in Washington right now. Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Intelligent, cogent, and timely. Publishers Weekly
  • At once a robust defence of the role America plays in world affairs and a determined rejection of the 'myth' that America is in decline. Financial Times
  • Serious, scholarly . . . [These are] ideas expressed clearly and consicely. David Ignatius, Washington Post Writers Group  
  • An extended and convincing argument against the thesis that there is anything inevitable about American decline. Max Boot, Commentary 
  • The foreign policy blueprint for the next Republican president. Senator Marco Rubio
  • Kagan grabs the reader’s attention from page one . . . He makes a powerful point: If America were to make a serious effort to disengage in world affairs, the world quickly would devolve into a much more scary and dangerous place . . . If you have time to read just one book, I suggest Kagan’s. Major General Perry Smith
  • Magisterial . . . It's a small book, it's a great book. Bill Bennett
  • Very important . . . A wonderful book. Hugh Hewitt
  • A must-read. Lou Dobbs

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/7/2013

    " This book was a good easy read. It does kinda go all over the place as far as topics covered. But still an interesting book. Jim Marrs is rad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 7/14/2013

    " You may have doubts but this book will and should scare you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 5/23/2013

    " Some good information. Long story short Marrs is a constitution cock sucking douche. Yeah he is very knowledgeable about a lot of conspiracy's but he wants to go back to a constitution created two hundred years ago by a bunch of slave owning, elitists? Typical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 3/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a real eye opener. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in knowing the truth about American and the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Miller | 10/26/2012

    " Ehh. This book was okay. Some parts were good, some parts were utter nonsense. It was also plagued with redundancy in that he mentions globalists, socialism, and guns on almost every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 6/12/2012

    " great book to wake people up with! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Decker | 3/3/2012

    " not bad, lots of interesting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 3/1/2012

    " A compilation of many conspiracies, not all of them. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Dangerous Nation, Of Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle. He served in the US State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.