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Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety

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From one of the world’s most influential commentators on international affairs, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, comes a stark warning about a gathering global political crisis.

Successive presidents have welcomed globalization and the rise of China. But with American unemployment stubbornly high and U.S. power facing new challenges, the s
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Published February 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 2010)
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As other reviews have noted, Rachman engages in far more journalism than analysis and interpretation, while his conclusion—in the face of all that has been sequentially aggregated and anticipated in the pages before, including that of his postulation that the financial crash of 2008 slipstreamed us back into a zero-sum mindset—an Age of Anxiety appended to those of Transformation (80s) and Optimism (90s & 00s up to the Gooey Kablooie)—in regard to nations engirt within a globalized politico- ...more
This is pretty good. Parts one and two are all review ( you could skip part one if you've been awake for the last 30 years )
This book well exceeded my expectations. Although the thinking is heavily stooped in the thinking common during the period immediately following the 2008 financial crisis, it includes many valuable insights that have since fallen by the wayside. Enjoy the book, it reads quite fast.
The author worked for the Economist and, currently, the Financial Times so he is extremely well-informed. He does an excellent job of summarizing recent history beginning with the rebirth of China under Deng Xioping and consistently emphasizing Fukuyama's End of History thesis. The historical review, which takes up over half of the book, is well written but doesn't provide much insight if you're familiar with current events. The final section of the book tries to put more recent events into cont ...more
The book provides fantastic historical insight into the economic and geopolitical history of the world. It clearly lists the problems that each country faces. In some cases I even agree with the author's solutions to the problems, but the solutions though logical will mostly be unimplementable in the current political state of world. The only solution that I disagree with is that for the world to prosper America needs to return to its seat of absolute power. I don't mean that America and America ...more
Katherine Collins
Rachman (of the FT) makes a case here against a zero-sum, protectionist, you win/I lose sort of mindset when it comes to world affairs. It is one of those meta-notions that seems to be deeply seated in our minds (and not just regarding world affairs) – the idea of a fixed pie that we need to fight for, as opposed to a cherry tree that we can nourish together to produce many more pies for all. (Don’t worry, Rachman does not use corny gardening analogies like I do).
Fredrick Danysh
A discussion of the economic and political factors of economic globalization whose supporters say is a win-win situation and zero-sum theory whose supporters say is a win-lose situation. The author appears to support a global economy along the lines of theoretical communism where everyone is supposed to benefit when those with more make sacrifices to give to those with less. It was a dry and conducing read to me and I came away with the impression that the author feels tat we should be citizens ...more
Informative if you have ignored the worlds events going on around you for a few years. I agree with the notion of zero sum economics which is explained well here. Author extrapolates that a little further to portray a zero sum quality of life. Interesting but still the book is mostly background information.
Yeah. The world is pretty much fucked.
I was surprised, as I thought this would be an up to date book, which it is, but not much new, and a lot of waffle.
An interesting look at the last few decades and where things might be heading.
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