A BOOK EVERY AMERICAN RJer SHOULD READ...

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    May 31, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    My fellow American RJers,

    I highly, highly, highly recommend this book as essential reading this Summer. I just finished it. It is easy to read, large print, lots of interline white space.

    He compares and contrasts the British Empire with the US as sole superpower. There is a whole chapter on China and India each. I found understanding China very interesting. India's story as a fellow "messy" democracy for its future development and as an ally of the US was enlightening.

    He also puts in perspective the educational differences between the US and the rest of the world.

    In short, this book is a great way to get a lot of information and insight in one place. I like books like that.

    THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD, by Fareed Zakaria .....(click title to go to Amazon.com)

    "This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else." So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination."


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    May 31, 2008 11:47 PM GMT
    Is that the guy that is on PBS? Well spoken and intelligent if it is the same guy.
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    May 31, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    He may be. I have only seen him on The Daily Show.

    ... and he's short ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 01, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    Yep it is him. I have seen him on the local PBS station in Buffalo. Can't remember the name of his show, very interesting though. I will keep an eye out for the book.
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    Jun 01, 2008 7:19 AM GMT
    caslon said... and he's short ... icon_biggrin.gif


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    Jun 01, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    Sedative said[quote][cite]caslon said[/cite]... and he's short ... icon_biggrin.gif


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    Jun 06, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    It looks like wishful thinking to me.

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    Jun 06, 2008 12:26 PM GMT
    John43620 saidIt looks like wishful thinking to me.



    Actually it seems like stating the obvious. Every other country in the world is increasing in wealth, and we need to acknowledge that. If we just have the "We're #1" mentality that I've seen in the past (and unfortunately still see, and it's usually people who have never traveled to another country), we're going to be caught flat footed and behind.

    Granted, I shouldn't underestimate the American people for self-delusion.
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    Jun 06, 2008 1:14 PM GMT
    Have you all read the book yet?
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    Jun 06, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    I haven't read the book, yet, but I saw the Daily Show interview and I am very intrigued. Zakaria is also a frequent panelist/pundit on CNN, and he always seems to have some very keen observations and astute commentary. I plan to read this on my next flight!