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The Bubble of American Supremacy

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  136 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The legendary investor and philanthropist issues a pointed, astute, and intensely critical analysis of the Bush administration's foreign policy. Long known as the world's only private citizen with a foreign policy, George Soros combines his razor-sharp sense of economic trends with his passionate advocacy for open societies and decency in world politics to come up with a w ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published February 16th 2004 by PublicAffairs (first published December 2003)
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Leo Jacobowitz
Very light reading. Always interesting to hear the opinions of one of the world's most influential men. However, I would recommend this only as "airplane" reading for those interested in geopolitics and the topics of post imperial America - that folks like Chalmers Johnson, Francis Fukuyama and others discuss at greater and far more interesting depth than Soros. But hey, he's the billionaire that controls the world so what do I know?
Michel
Apr 03, 2009 Michel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Soros explains bubbles (and consequent busts) in a very powerful way as overstating reality. Take the housing bubble: while it is true that, over the *long term*, real estate increases in value (Mark Twain: "They aren't making any more"), it does not increase faster than the combination of population growth + inflation. When we act as if real estate will be worth more next year, no matter how much it sells for this year, we create a bubble which is bound to burst painfully sooner or later. The c ...more
Jamie
I admire Soros' passion and candid perspectives on the dangers of Bush's aggressive and unilateral foreign policy doctrine. It takes a certain degree of boldness to make such ardent arguments against a current president in the hope of influencing an election outcome. However, at times I found the arguments contradictory; Soros wants more multilateral action but supports US's intervention in Kosovo without UN authorization and wished the US had avoided the UN in Bosnia. Soros is certainly constru ...more
PJ
George Soros presents a driven account of the first three years of the Bush presidency, comparing the excesses of the administration's foreign policy to the boom-bust cycle of financial markets. Soros argues that reality and the perception of that reality often diverge, while constantly affecting each other. When the divergence becomes too extreme, a bubble is created, in this case, the "Bubble of American Supremacy". Much of the conceptual groundwork is based on his most famous work, "The Alche ...more
Angel
Jul 11, 2008 Angel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angel by: coworker
I did not rate this book higher for two reasons. One, a lot of what Soros writes about is stuff I have read elsewhere. It is not that he is a bad writer. It simply is a matter that I have seen a lot of the material in other places already. The first part of the book is a summary basically of the mistakes and deception of the Bush administration and its neocon cronies. Much of this is already known to anyone who is well informed. Second, the book has dated a bit. Soros wrote in to coincide with t ...more
Karl
Sep 11, 2007 Karl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans interested in forign policy.
Soro's lays out the failed foreign policy of American Supremacy practiced by the neocons of the Bush Administration and presents a compelling vision for a new foreign policy.

The insights on how the necons stole our foreign policy can be drab for those who already know the story but Soro's vision should get a good hearing.
Shishir
An easy read about Bush doctrine era, terrorism and numerous mistakes of power plays. The role of a supreme power to be a guiding hand instead of a bully outlined and put in context of a world that needs empathy and fair treatment for all to jointly succeed.Unintended consequences to catastrophic events
Emily Alp
I love Soros' perspective and amazing level of intelligence and comprehension about global trends. I read this on a 10-hour flight and couldn't put it down ... of course, I was taking an entrance exam for Columbia within days, so that could have been a motivating factor.
May
Typically Soros, it attempts to break through the propaganda and address the issues as he sees it. You have to love a man that has so much money and yet does not show the academic and intellectual laziness for which on in his position is normally susceptible.
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Props to Soros for being such a philosophical kleptocrat.
Kimmieverdi
very eye-opening & informative. a slow read, but worth it.
Teddy
Good book, although I don't necessarily agree with it all.
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George Soros is a Hungarian-American financier, businessman and notable philanthropist focused on supporting liberal ideals and causes. He became known as "the Man Who Broke the Bank of England" after he made a reported $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crises. Soros correctly speculated that the British government would have to devalue the pound sterling.

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