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4.0 out of 5 stars Very unique thinker...but a bit too much jargon, September 22, 2006
This review is from: Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating (Hardcover)
(Something tells me the reviewer from Publishers Weekly didn't even read this book and instead just penned the review based upon some crib notes).

I won't debate any of Barnett's specific arguments as other reviwers have done.

He makes very understanadable that in the past generation the world has become majority with free market societies. This represents an incredible challenge to reactionary forces in the Middle East. How to help the modernizing elements of Arab, Persian, Asian and LAtin American socieities navigate their way into the global community is the key question in Barnett's arguments. This is called 'Shrinking The Gap'.

Rather than being a US led enterprise, Barnett makes if very clear this will be a cooperative efffort among the UN, the G-20 (20 largest economies), the ICC and the American military. The UN as your grand jury, the US military as your police force, the ICC as your criminal court witht the G-20 as your financier. A very intriguing possibility and one that should be discussed.

Once you dispose of bad actors (Kim Il Jong , Chavez, Castro) you have to follow up with intense development and reconstruction. Barnett notes that our failure to do this in Iraq is the chief source of our troubles today. The ultimate idea is to bring failed states quickly into connection with the global community so they can reap the benefits of globalization. If one can revamp and stablize a failed state, then foreign investment will flow into new lost-cost labor centers.

Overall, a very well thought out and provocative book. Barnett lays out his arguments logically and makes it easy to follow his train of thought.

A major drawback of the book is Barnett's constant use of his own jargon (one sees this in his blog also). One gets the sense he is very much in love with his own words. This is why I only give it four stars

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Initial post: Oct 28, 2006 8:44:44 PM PDT
I read The Pentagon's New Map and found it interesting, but Barnett's excessive use of his own cutesy jargon really did get on my nerves by the time I was finished with it. This has always made me hesitant to pick up this book, and it's too bad to see that the writing style has bugged other people too. If only someone would translate Barnett's thoughts into non-annoying-ese.
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