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The Bubble of American Supremacy

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  176 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Hardcover Politics and History
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by PublicAffairs
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Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The topic, though still relevant (unfortunately) is a bit dated. I'm only upset that the title actually gets avant treatment - Soros spends a lot of time describing the ills of the Bush administration, and what he's done around the world to try to make things better in general. He doesn't actually get into the specifics of the 'bubble' he's described, as he goes only into the most cursory detail about its formation. I found that disappointing, and wanted more chapters like his last, which actual ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mike
Recommended to Michel by: Amos Gilkie
Shelves: pol
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
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?
Gerald Kinro
I read this with the intention of learning something. Aside from a few chapters, it was largely rhetoric to defeat President Bush in the 2004 elections (Soros denies this). Thus, this book is dated. It was more like listening to talk radio. The author does provide some ideas that make good sense. However, it is all in the execution.
Mark Geise
I'd probably give this about 2.5 stars if I could, but, unfortunately, that is not an option. "The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power" is based on criticisms that I generally agree with: George Bush and his cabinet led us into war dishonestly and without proper justification. This enmeshed the United States in a quagmire that was impossible to exit without leaving things in worse shape than they were previously. However, I don't agree with most of Soros's recom ...more
Jul 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Interesting to see that he is far more hawkish than the neocons portray him.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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.
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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Taylor Williams
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
By now it's a little out of date, but a brief and good overview of the W Bush first term foreign policy, and the Iraq war.
His ideas are good but the book is wanting of more depth, as to establish legitimacy behind his arguments. It's far too one sided.
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.
Rhett Talley

Props to Soros for being such a philosophical kleptocrat.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very eye-opening & informative. a slow read, but worth it.
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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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