From Publishers Weekly
Following in the footsteps of Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World, Starobin lays out a case for the possibilities and perils of a new era in global politics in which the U.S. no longer unquestioningly reigns. Lloyd James reads with a studied casualness, riding the wave of Starobin's allusive line of thinking and artfully mimicking Starobin's anti-inflammatory narrative, the harmoniousness of his voice transmitting the author's lack of panic at the prospect of the post-American world. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 6).
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America-in-decline is the premise for National Journal reporter Starobin’s predictions of the future of the international order. He structures his prognostications around several possibilities, such as the notion that China will supplant the U.S. as preeminent world power, and packages opinions about long-term trends with interviews of actors in the emerging conditions—in the Chinese example, with China’s ambassador to Chile, for whose copper China has a great appetite. Starobin’s position throughout is that Americans and American political and economic institutions must prepare to adjust to such scenarios. In case China’s ascendance doesn’t pan out, Starobin proffers multipolarity, global governance, globally oriented city-states, and a “happy” chaos of Internet-empowered individualism as other successor situations to the American Century (an idea that, for readers unfamiliar with it, Starobin recaps, including its outgrowth from American exceptionalism). Crystallizing his vision of America’s future by means of a précis of California’s cosmopolitan present, Starobin argues with clarity and conviction that will resonate with the current-affairs readership. --Gilbert Taylor
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