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The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
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Aug 06, 11

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Read from July 21 to August 06, 2011

A very timely read. Can't tell where this revision differs all that much from the earlier book. Given the latest debacle of our government over the debt ceiling and the subsequent downgrade of our credit rating by S&P, this book is quite prescient in talking about the failure of our political system. Zakaria compares and contrasts America and Great Britain as superpowers. While Britains's decline was due to economic weakness, they were able to stall it for 70 years due to superior diplomacy and politcal acumen. The US is in the exact opposite position. He came to this country in bad times, early 1980's, and we need to take a hard look at all the chicken little's calling for doom and gloom. We also need to realize that manufacturing jobs aren't coming back. The world is changing. Good chapters on India and China. Just a thoughtful, balanced book about America. Just reinforces his excellent Sunday show on CNN.
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07/25/2011 page 29
8.63% "I read the first one. Don't know the difference. Reads fast and interesting."
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