Kent Lundgren's Reviews > Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall

Day of Empire by Amy Chua
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Oct 23, 2008

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bookshelves: geopolitics
Recommended for: Students of history and geopolitics
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The author, Amy Chua, makes a convincing case that hyperpowers, empires or nations whose supremacy in the world is unchallenged for a time, rise and fall as a factor of their inclusiveness. If they value and invite the contributions that can be made by those who fall under their sway, they will prosper. And vice-versa.

The case is documented persuasively by close examination of several of the world's historic hyperpowers (and there have been fewer than one might think), among them the Persians, the Romans, the Dutch, and, of course, the United States.

It is an interesting and thought-provoking read.

Kent Lundgren

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