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After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order

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Widely reviewed and critically praised, Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire predicts that the United States is forfeiting its superpower status as it moves away from traditional democratic values of egalitarianism and universalism, lives far beyond its means economically, and continues to anger foreign allies and enemies alike with its military and ideological policies. As Am ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Columbia University Press (first published September 11th 2002)
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting book. Written in 2002, it's quite accurate in some aspects, and a bit dated in others.
As a prediction it was spot-on in some cases - predicting a crisis, America's problems, and its miltary behaviour - but failed in some others:completely overlooked the rise of China. It's also somewhat optimistic about Europe's and Japan's future dominance.
I still found his methodology interesting: he bases his reasoning on statistics (demographic and economic) and anthropological structures. He rea
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emmanuel Todd makes a very prescient metaphor about some older critics of American empire whom he says are like "broken clocks." Their perception of American power has not changed with the passage of time and changing of circumstance. Despite this, like frozen timepieces, they still manage to be right twice a day. Although they are driven by a genuine sense of moral outrage, the familiarity of their arguments tends to undercut their force at times. And some other times they just get it wrong.

Timothy Fitzgerald
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
For every salient point Todd makes, he makes another outrageous one that comes off as based purely on anti-American sentiment. When he does this, he actually undermines the impact of the book.

For example, his claims that the American army is weak because it has never performed well in ground combat seem way off base. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that the days of ground based conventional warfare are over. Why then, would the American military risk the lives of its soldiers? It seems to me
Aug 08, 2016 marked it as to-keep-reference
En su libro de 2004 "Después del imperio", el analista de geopolítica francés Emmanuel Todd se refiere a Europa como «la primera potencia industrial del planeta». Y tiene razón, lo es. Pero Estados Unidos es la primera «potencia ya no industrial» del planeta. Y Europa, con algunas excepciones importantes, todavía no ha modificado adecuadamente su relación con el fundamento profundo del conocimiento y con la riqueza revolucionaria.

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L’historien et démographe Emmanuel Todd a publié à l’automne 2002, un essai qui avançait des idées originales, une vision lucide de la crise qui se dessinait entre le monde et les États-Unis. S’appuyant sur les données démographiques, économiques, Emmanuel Todd construit un portrait du déclin de l’Amérique cohérent et logique.

Republié en 2004 en format de poche dans la collection Folio, cet essai est écrit dans un style abordable et cohérent. Intéressant et instructif. A lire en tandem avec Le c
Müәyyәn mәlumatlar öyrәnmәk baxımından yaxşıdı, amma 2002-ci ildә yazılıb vә artıq köhnәlmiş hesab etmәk olar. Bitirmәdim.
Aaron Crossen
May 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: commentary
The book is a mess, but occasionally enjoyable. His thesis is essentially threefold: America has overcommitted itself militarily; it consumes far more than it produces and its current position as a 'hyperpower' is unsustainable. Pretty clean so far, but it gets filthy when he tries to describe the details. For example, he argues Russia and Europe and Japan are being inexorably drawn closer to one another in the face of the American imperialist threat. Yeah, that's correct, Russia and Japan. Need ...more
Jim Coughenour
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politicalinsight
Recently (October 2008) I've been reading The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich, while following the news about the collapsing economy. More than once I've remembered this provocative book by Emmanuel Todd, first published in France before the Iraq war, and published in the US in spring 2004. Its analysis has held up well since.

As an example of Todd's prescience, here's a passage where he refers to the American economy: "Economics, if it is a science, ought to be able to theorize, analyze, and
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty persuasive- it does make sense out of some of the weirdnesses we've seen lately in America's foreign policy, and it's recommended on that count.

I will mention that Todd seems to have some serious issues with women; the only real vitriol in the entire book is aimed at American women and particularly feminists. He is very comfortable with the idea of men oppressing women (cultural diversity!), but not at all comfortable about women objecting to being oppressed (apparently cultural diversity
Chris K
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the same guy who accurately predicted the how & the why of the Soviet collapse (10 years before the fact), here he outlines the fall of American hegemony - the end of the so-called American century. In short, he outlined in 2004 the experiences we're now living in '08. Less a prophet than a pretencious Frenchman, he does have some very important things to say. If you can get past the bluster and presumptions (empire, omnipotence of the dollar, demographic determinism), it is definitely ...more
H Wesselius
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
A compelling read with a well founded argument on the decline of America and the role of the military in maintaining American lifestyle. He aptly describes America as the Kenysian stimulus to the world economy, a role which is superflous and only the military allows it to keep. He rightly describes the relationship between free trade and income disparity. The linking of family structure to state structure was a bit of stretch, though. well worth the time to read.
Nov 15, 2009 marked it as to-read
From John Walker's response to my mail:

One book which has guided my view of what's happening for most of the
last decade is Emmanuel Todd's "After the Empire":

which I originally read in French in 2001. Todd is the person who predicted
the collapse of the Soviet Union in his 1976 book, "La chute finale".
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-read
Written in a political philosophy vein, I feel the book is a tad outdated (written just after 911). However it is interesting and worth a read if you at all interested in demography or anthropology. I personally felt at this point he underestimated the strategic importance of Russia and also the fortitude of the US. I would be interested to see an updated conclusion by this author.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well, outdated. Albeit some of the statistics are still valid and interesting, most of the "given facts/ prognosticated future" have been proven wrong. It might have been an interesting book in 2002, but with no impact or relevance on today's situation or explanations why the world transformed to "today"....
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Concise and plain book. Although written 12 yrs ago It predicted current decline of American power through the lens of sociology, antropology and demography (unlike similar books by Zakaria or Fergusson mostly focused on the context of the US foreign relations and economy). Though, book slightly underestimated the importance of todays China.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is one of the most helpful books at these days especially after the Iraqi war, it's can predict the new world order after the frustration in Iraq, I think this book can be helpful to Rectification all previous mistakes in Iraqi war, and how to correct the foreign strategies to make a better world system .
Indah Amaritasari
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who belive the history and culture has an end
Todd was the one and only who perdict that the balance between of powers during cold war (US vs USSR) would finally breakdown by the fall of USSR. So it is interesting to see what Todd think about US. Some are quite logic argument but some are not. But in the end, it perdics the fall of US. It proves that all civilation will come to the end...that why they have so called 'history'.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
He undermines whatever valid points he makes (and there's not many, besides that the US is overextended militarily and massively in debt to China), by his conspiracy theory crap. Don't waste your time with this book.
Vladimir Chupakhin
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, 2015
Despite some factological and even anthropological errors author did, esp. describing the Russia and Russian history, the book has valid points and describes the overall perception of the historical processes in an interesting manner.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
read also about how he saw the collapse the soviet union come in previous book
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Emmanuel Todd's views are interesting and valuable as always.
L. Stephen Wolfe
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who understand why the US will lose it empire.
Recommended to L. by: Michael Colligan
Prescient. What Todd predicted in 2003 is coming to pass.
Kai Palchikoff
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James Mak
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a refreshing, tremendously satisfying experience with its out-of-the-box contrarian analyses on the new world order of the 21st century.
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting theory with clear argumentations.
Jack Bootjesus
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A paradigm shifting book. If you think you understand America's status in the world today, think again. Read this book.
Jack Murphy
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
from a French perspective, clearly lays out how we've become an empire and then are now approaching irrelevance - other countries may be more important as the new century progresses
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