The Post-American World: Release 2.0

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 31, 2011 - Political Science - 336 pages
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“A relentlessly intelligent book.” —Joseph Joffe, New York Times Book Review

“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbuster on the United States in the twenty-first century, and the trends he identifies have proceeded faster than anyone anticipated. How might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? In this fully updated 2.0 edition, Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.

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how disgusting matter.if you do not have any information about lord BUDDHA you should not have right to explain about this.this books directly indicates that buddha was born in india not in nepal but it is not reality.i strongly say that BUDDHA WAS BORN IN NEPAL NOT IN INDIA .please don't make confusion. 

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The title is misleading. It states that there will be a post-American world. But throughout the book the author talks about how resilient the United States has been in terms of attracting talented people, having the best higher education, having a consistent GPD over a long period of time, etc. He concludes that the U.S. really isn't going anywhere. He predicts a multipolar world. That is not a newsflash. Richard Nixon predicted one 40 years ago. My issue is the relation between labor rights and free trade. It's a paradox that is a few hundred years old. The author dismisses concern about human rights as an ethnocentric western value that others -- authorities in China and India -- cannot take seriously. I don't think that's fair to the people of China and India. They are just as compassionate and human as westerners. We are all one species with the same capacity for empathy and altruism. I do not buy the argument that labor standards are only for weatlhy developed countries that can afford them. When the United States trade representative negotiates free trade agreements with developing nations, this argument is encountered. It is a fallacy. Poor countries cannot afford not to have labor standards and rich countries do not just adopt human rights once they come to certain level of prosperity. In the United States, there was a civil war to end slavery. We did not just wake up one day and say, "We're wealthy enough -- free the slaves."  

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About the author (2011)

Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s flagship international affairs show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, as well as weekly columnist for the Washington Post, and the best-selling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom.

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