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Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World

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After publishing articles in leading American journals for over two decades, Kishore Mahbubani was described as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations" by The Economist. Trained in philosophy in North America and Asia, and well-experienced in real politik as a diplomat on the world stage, Mahbubani has unusual insight into America's ever mor ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by PublicAffairs (first published 2005)
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Ng
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book will make you feel so intelligent! It's the best introduction to international affairs that I've come across, although it's really intended to explain the changes in how the rest of the world feels about America. He makes all this complicated history so simple and lucid and clear, with the utterly matter-of-fact tone of someone who knows from long experience in the UN, not someone who's just guessing or emoting.
Daniel
An interesting and balanced assessment of how America is benefiting and harming the world. Mahbubani argues that American policymakers should consider the consequences of their policies (including domestic policies) on the rest of the world. He can often seem provocative and anti-Western, but he shows a lot of respect for American culture and values in this book too. I also like that he added a few personal experiences here and there. Some interesting points covered in the book:
- special relatio
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jin jie
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This is the first Mahbubani book I have read, but really impressed by his honest yet reflective comments on how America has benefitted yet harmed various countries in the global order.

Some key points I found interesting:

America's inaction or unwillingness to have any legal obligations led to the Rwandan genocide (800,000 dead between April - June 1994)

America's interactions with Asian countries during the AFC (Thailand and Indonesia v South Korea)

America's
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Yingtai
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book will make you feel so intelligent! It's the best introduction to international affairs that I've come across, although it's really intended to explain the changes in how the rest of the world feels about America. He makes all this complicated history so simple and lucid and clear, with the utterly matter-of-fact tone of someone who knows from long experience in the UN, not someone who's just guessing or emoting.
Minnie
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Might have been more relevant had I read this book years ago. From what I hear a lot has changed already with the rise of the rest, as such the solutions prescribed here were not only a bit oversimplified but may no longer apply. Still worth reading for general knowledge; it has refreshed my memory of the good America brought to the world.
Nick
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Singaporean diplomat Mahbubani's book is a highly readable analysis of how U.S. foreign policy actions and statements play in the rest of the world. Must-read for anyone who wants to get a sense of how others view the U.S. From my perspective as a retired US diplomat, Mahbubani accurately describes what is right and what is wrong with U.S. participation in the global community.
Krishnanand Khambadkone
Follows a familiar pattern,

- Glorify USA
- Glorify China (What? Again? Doesn't really belong here does it. Ok, I get it so now you are indeed confirming that you are in their pay)
- Bad Mouth USA
- Lecture USA
Jaimy
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this shortly after moving to Singapore. It's an important book, and one that opens new doors to the possibility of America rebuilding trust.
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