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“Zakaria . . . may have more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” —Boston Sunday Globe

For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is "the rise of the rest" - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, nonfiction
I'll say at the outset that I like Fareed Zakaria. He's articulate, reasonable, moderate, and optimistic. And he is the successor to George Kennan and Zbigniew Brzezinski in the role of theorist for US corporate imperialism. I will not be surprised if he gets an appointment in the upcoming Obama administration as, for example, Assistant Deputy Director of strategic Analysis for the State Department.

Zakaria takes it as an obvious given that the era of US hegemony is drawing to a close. The US wil
Eamonn Gormley
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of work that makes a body wish President Bush would read books. The author's point is that diplomacy is America's strength, and it should be used first with force held as a last resort, especially in a world where the US is not the only superpower anymore due to the growing influence of countries in the developing world.

'The Rise of the Rest' is what Mr Zakaria uses to refer to the economic and political growth in developing countries, principally (but not limited to) India and
This book as been on my reading list for a long time but it was moved to the top a few weeks ago when a distant relation of mine sent one of those hate/chain emails with a picture of President Obama holding a copy of the book. The message read:

"THIS WILL CURDLE YOUR BLOOD AND CURL YOUR HAIR! The name of the book that Obama is reading called: The Post American World, and it was written by a fellow Muslim. "Post" America means the World After America! Please forward this picture to everyone you k
I finished this last night and I must say that although it starts off strong I grew very weary. Zakaria could have accomplished the same purpose with a feature in a magazine, in 2000 words. I'm glad I read it, I'm working on broadening my perspective, and there is much about the international finance world I never even began to imagine. It never hurts to be told something more than once - just around time eight or ten I grow weary. Good stuff, though. Time not wasted.

1/30: So far I'm moving thr
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who detest fear
Fareed Zakaria's new book, "The Post-American World," shines a bright light on the hand-wringing and defeatist lies about the state of America that are used by neo-conservatives and anti-globalist leftists to support their radical positions by infusing Americans with fear. Indeed, Mr. Zakaria decisively shows that America is the sole ideological superpower in a world that has wholesale adopted our culture and economic values. We are now witnessing a global transformation that is the result of th ...more
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important and optimistic book about America and its future. While it is fashionable now to predict gloom about America's future as an economic and political power and over emphasise the rise of China and other powers, Zakaria brings a balance thru his analysis and says that there is no need to push the panic button. On the contrary, he shows the many positives about America as well as the world today. For example, in spite of the terrorism and violence, he shows that the past 20 years ...more
Ahmed Almawali
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
على رغم أن الشهرةَ التي نالها الكتابُ أتتْ من لقطةٍ ظهر فيها الرئيسُ أوباما وهو حاملٌ له، إلا أنه يبقى كتابا جديرا بالقراءةِ
فريدُ زكريا الأمريكي المسلمُ من أصلٍ هندي يقولُ لنا في كتابِه هذا أن هنالك لاعبونَ جددٌ في الساحةِ، ظاهرون منذ زمنٍ وزادتْ ثقتُهم بأنفسِهم أكثر حين الأزمةِ العالميةِ إذ أيقنوا أن النظامَ الرأسمالي هشٌ وبهِ ثغراتٌ، بالطبعِ لن ينزعوا الصدارةَ منها ولكنهم يتقدمون، وأبرزُ مثالين هما الصينُ أولا ثم الهندُ. يُذكِّرُ كذلك واشنطنَ بما جَنَتْهُ لندنُ على نفسها في القرنِ المنصرمِ حين
Rob Haas
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, politics
This book is probably the most timely book on world economics and political dynamics that you can find. It updates a lot of old statistics and misconceptions all while leaving a really nice taste in your mouth for whats to come. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to know what's behind the goings-on in the world. Despite the title Zakaria continues to remind the reader that America still plays a vital role in the world and where the United States is able to have the largest impact. ...more
Fareed Zakaria is clearly an effective communicator. I saw him speak at my college as a lad of 18 or 19, and he was just as compelling then as in the Post-American World. He presents an obvious idea-- that American hegemony is being/has been displaced by a more global, multipolar power structure-- and presents it as an effective journalist.

And he is as unsophisticated a political thinker as he is a great writer. For a scholar who claims to cast aside the old weaponry of ideology and theory, he s
Ahmed Abdelhamid
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of the plot in the book is dedicated for China (1Chapter) and India(1Chapter), ignoring the "rest" (Brazil, Japan, ... a sample was enough okay.) or the rest coalition (no discussion for potential coalition, just a notion at the end to avoid this situation).

Reading about the "Post American World" I could have expected more about what is "next" but the book mostly plots the projections of the past... with trails to what is happening now possibly in the "rest" i.e. China and India mainly... w
Tim Weakley
I am always a little hesitant to read books about current political events because they are so easily partisan. I think the author has avoided this trap for the most part with The Post American World. He delivers a broad look at what is happening outside of the western sphere of influance that makes me want to learn more, specifically about China and India and the political climate of today. I don't think this is an anti-American work. I think it's done with an attitude of enlightenment for the ...more
Marwa Madian
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
“موقعك على الخريطة يؤثر على رؤيتك للعالم"

وبالرغم من كوننا في الشرق الأوسط وفي مصر على وجه التحديد،يعني في وسط العالم تقريبا، فكان لابد وأن تكون رؤيتنا للعالم أكثر اتساعا وتوازنا مما هي عليه الآن. وهذا كتاب أدعي أنه مثير للاهتمام بما يطرحه من حقائق وآراء، ومعين على توسعة الرؤية الحالية والمستقبلية.

فريد زكريا من أشهر الصحفيين في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، من أصل هندي، ومسلم. جاء الى أمريكا في شبابه وحصل على الجنسية الأمريكية. يكتب في أشهر وسائل الاعلام الغربية منها النيوزويك، والواشنطن بوست، والت
Apr 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thought I'd like this more than I did. Have to admit that it is not my favorite book. I'm no cheerleader for globalization or US market capitalism but I am even less a fan of attempting to manipulate the world into a homogeneous global market with "western" values which I felt a strong undercurrent of throughout the book -- particularly the first half.

Zakaria asserts that Western economics, religion and culture have been dominant forces for over half a millennium. He argues that while the West
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in economics, politics, history, sociology, etc., academics & infohounds.
First, as a good faith disclaimer, let me say that I tend to love this kind of book. Any book that provides a cup running over with information and data is sure to win my heart early on, and as editor of international editions of Newsweek, Mr. Fareed Zakaria certainly has access to the kind of fact-feed and data sources that make me go all warm and mushy inside... And he shares nicely. :-)

Second, for those who's sense of patriotism might be goosed by the title, let me offer the explanatory quote
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fareed Zakaria's new book, the Post-American World is a book I hope both presidential candidates read. It is a brief book that tells Americans we need to re-think our view of the world. We need to jettison the idea of the world's policeman and hyperpower and replace it with the world's trusted third party. In this his says we need to be less Britain than Bismarck, which I rather like. We need to de-emphasize military power and re-consider economic competitiveness. We need to spend less time worr ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
من عنوان الكتاب يتوقع القارئ أن الكاتب يتوقع نهاية مأساوية للولايات المتحدة الأمريكية,و لكنه بخلاف ذلك, ففكرة "فريد زكرياء" -الخبير في العلاقات الدولية و محرر الجريدة العريقةنيوزويك - هي أن تراجع هيمنة أمريكا ليس بسبب ضعفها بل قوة الآخرين (خاصة الصين و الهند و دول البريكس), أقتبس منه بالانجليزية:
"This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else."
لي الجزء الأخير من الكتاب, الذي هو عبارة عن توصيات للحكومة الأمريكية عامة و الرئيس خاصة, و من يتتبع الأحداث
Satyaki Mitra
A succinctly written book that clearly reflects the current state of international politics & diplomacy. Zakaria dissects the various economic, political and ancillary forces at play, that are leading to the rise of other emerging nations(China,India,Brazil & Africa), while America is still obsessed with it own unilateral view of the world. Zakaria provides convincing reasons as to how America can still change it's outlook take the role of a moderator in international politics and, inste ...more
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He defends the book's basic thesis really well, which isn't hard to do. He does a great job with his discussion of history's many narratives, and the placing of America's current situation in historical context. My problem with the book is how drastically Zakaria overvalues GDP and productivity as the value of a country. He never seems to question the construct of world powers, and tends to value countries too much on their global power and too little on how their citizenship is faring. As Jonat ...more
Alex Telander
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD BY FAREED ZAKARIA: Fareed Zakaria, author of The Future of Freedom, and editor for Newsweek International, offers up a sobering yet fascinating look at the possible future of the United States and its stake as the global superpower in the first half of the twenty-first century. The Post-American World is part business, part political, part historical, and part sociological; as Zakaria analyses how the United States has arrived at the state it is in internationally, and wh ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria

"The Post-American World" is the insightful book about world affairs and America's role. The author makes compelling arguments that it is the "rise of the rest" and not America's decline at the heart of this global era. This 336-page book is composed of the following seven chapters: 1. The Rise of the Rest, 2. The Cup Runneth Over, 3. A Non-Western World? 4. The Challenger, 5. The Ally, 6. American Power and 7. American Purpose.

Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The books starts off with a quote from the historian Arnold Toynbee about how there are no intrinsic reasons why a civilization (read an empire) should not go on forever, in spite of all the previous ones having failed or faded. It immediately reminded me of a similar line about how aging is not one of the laws of physics and the possibility of curing it.

Zakaria is an editor for Newsweek International, and this book reads like a series of Newsweek articles. Sticking to the style of a “mainstrea
This book came out early in 2008 so it must have been written in 2007. Zakaria doesn't seem to have foreseen the current worldwide economic crisis, but then, of course, a lot of people didn't. As a result, some of the early parts of the book where he refers to the booming economy seem a little dated and out of touch, but overall his thesis stands and is well-argued in spite of these minor quibbles.

He believes that the United States has misplayed its hand in world politics over the last several y
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get the sneaking suspicion a lot of people won't understand the general thesis of this book. People might glean from the title that, in the near future, America won't exist. This is obviously nonsense.

The thesis of the book is that, in the post-American world, the rest of the nations throughout the globe will be ABLE to get along without us. Trade, development, military operations, and political operations, previously required American intervention, now these things can skirt our borders, or W
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
I loved this book! It helps that I read Zakaria's columns in Newsweek all the time and really like his global outlook and the openness and collaboration amongst nations that he promotes. It was also an interesting read - not boring or stuffy like what we had to read in college. I studied both India and China briefly in college, taking poli sci, history, and globalization courses but it was nice to get a 5 year update :)

Whether you'd like to brush up on the current state of world affairs - in pa
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading in every American high school curriculum. Ok maybe that's a bit strong. But it definitely should be required of every President-elect and Secretary of State. Basically, Zakaria is stating the obvious: we Americans aren't as "exceptional" as we think we are and we'd better hurry up and wake up to the fact that we are members of a global community.
Jorge Bazan
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply a good insight of the upcoming international system ahead of us, i recommend it to anyone interested in knowing why the USA should not fear the rise of countries like Russia, China and India today.
Aiham Taleb
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the writer shows his opinion in an Islamic review of the future, he shows these ideas in an attractive way..
useful and valuable book..
SJ Loria
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fool proof recipe for a good day: Wake up at the crack of dawn, pour coffee, get in car. Watch the sun rise in the desert, go teach. Hike in a national park, finish an excellent book and camp beneath the stars. Watch desert sunset, think about life. Rinse and repeat as often as possible.

If a book is "unpleasant" or upsets you it might still be important to read.

My intellectual quest about America deepens with The Post-American World. A very interesting book, I would say a must read for
This book offers a comprehensive look at the rise of nations throughout history and the way in which modern nations will shape the world's future. It's not an anti-U.S. book in any way, but it also does not shy away from criticizing the boldly arrogant and somewhat ignorant attitudes America as a whole holds about other countries.

The author offers political and economic commentary about rising nations around the world, a historical perspective about the fall of the British Empire, and a look at
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very interesting book about the new world in which US may stay the superpower with multipowers around such us China and India, the book detailed the rise and fall of Britain and presented a nice analyze of chalenges for US, China and India.
below are the most interesting parts which I liked on this book:

- Page 55:during the Asian financial crisis the United States and other Western countries demanded that the Asians take three steps—let bad banks fail, keep spending under control, and kee
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Fareed Zakaria was named editor of Newsweek International in October 2000, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad. The magazine reaches an audience of 24 million worldwide. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and fortnightly in the Washington Post. He also hosts an international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide o ...more
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“We have not noticed how fast the rest has risen. Most of the industrialized world--and a good part of the nonindustrialized world as well--has better cell phone service than the United States. Broadband is faster and cheaper across the industrial world, from Canada to France to Japan, and the United States now stands sixteenth in the world in broadband penetration per capita. Americans are constantly told by their politicians that the only thing we have to learn from other countries' health care systems is to be thankful for ours. Most Americans ignore the fact that a third of the country's public schools are totally dysfunctional (because their children go to the other two-thirds). The American litigation system is now routinely referred to as a huge cost to doing business, but no one dares propose any reform of it. Our mortgage deduction for housing costs a staggering $80 billion a year, and we are told it is crucial to support home ownership, except that Margaret Thatcher eliminated it in Britain, and yet that country has the same rate of home ownership as the United States. We rarely look around and notice other options and alternatives, convinced that "we're number one.” 43 likes
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