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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Non-Fiction Read in Quite Some Time, May 1, 2012
This review is from: Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World (Hardcover)
After reading Ian Bremmer's last book, `The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?' (May 2010), I knew he had a knack for taking complex global phenomena and making them relevant, fascinating, and much easier to understand. Every Nation for Itself was that and more. Bremmer takes on the challenge of defining the current world order by boiling down a whole spectrum of currents events--everything from Europe's sovereign debt crisis, squabbles between developed and developing countries on climate change, the Arab Spring, conflict in the Asia Pacific, America's overgrown debt and unemployment figures, oil price shocks... the list goes on. In the G-Zero in which we live today- a world where America and its allies will no longer lead, but other countries like China are unwilling to pick up the slack-- things are far more uncertain. The economic outlook is more bleak. But what I loved is that this environment is still packed with opportunities, many of which are counter-intuitive, and Bremmer goes through with specific examples of companies and countries that are primed for success (or failure!). Chapter 4 read like a cheat sheet for success in more volatile, leaderless times. Bremmer makes these insightful predictions on who will win, who will lose, and then on what comes next. The whole book was very digestible and a quick read--and it felt like a crash course in global affairs, leaving me with a better understanding and more informed opinion on current events, foreign policy, and the world's shifting balance of power. I highly recommend Every Nation for Itself: my best non-fiction read in quite some time.
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