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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, BUT..., July 30, 2008
This review is from: The Post-American World (Hardcover)
The author makes the case that the world of the 21st century will be multipolar, with the U.S. not declining in absolute but in relative terms. Zakaria documents his opinions well and makes for good reading. However, I remained unconvinced of two of his assertions: one, that India will be one of the global powers of this century, based on niceties such as its democratic system and the imagined fascination about all things Indian that he attributes to Americans; judging by the evidence stemming from overwhelming poverty, India's inclusion in Zakaria's wishful list may be the product of his upbringing in that country rather than cold facts. The other missing point is his almost total exclusion of the European Union as one of the world's powerhouses of the near future. Particularly when considering Europe's output, social indicators and expansion to the East and the rest of the globe, making almost no mention of the importance of the EU in the world to come seems as glaring a flaw as the absence of evidence to support his forecasts about India. We may not have to wait 100 years to confirm it.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2009 6:41:26 AM PDT
Zakaria does address Europe's advantages and disadvantages on pages 195-7. He actually says that Europe poses the strongest near-term challenge to the U.S. But he then points out that Europe's low birth rates and antagonism to immigration will hurt Europe's long-term competitiveness, both because the European population will make up a smaller part of the global population and because European countries will have to support many retired workers. Think GM without any external entity to take over the retiree health costs.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 7:14:55 AM PDT
For a more concise and scholarly written book, look at Robert Kagan's The Return of History and the End of Dreams.
Hard not to see the bias in Fareed

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 3:28:31 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 16, 2010 3:38:39 AM PDT
@Panatlas; For your kind information, the EU is dead and it is only a matter of time before the Euro zone breaks up. Today Indian run companies employ the 2nd largest number of Britons in World after USA. For more read the book -- "India's Global Powerhouses; how they are taking over the world."

Goldman Sachs in its famous BRICS report says that India is set to exceed US GDP in the year 2043 i.e. India's economy will become larger than that of the US by 2043. Well when I subtract 2010 from 2043, the number I get is 33, and not 100 as you commented. I think you are living too far behind in terms of what is going on in the world, maybe you are aloof or it might be that you are having difficulty recognizing India becoming the Superpower.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2010 7:36:59 PM PDT
I never understood the point about the "many retired workers" in Europe. If a country has a very young population (like Turkey or India), doesn't that mean that they will have an overaged population in exactly one generation from now? Two trends are global: (1) people get older (2) health costs go up. ANY Country that cares about the wellbeing of its senior citizens will face the same challenges. Some sooner some a bit later. There is no escape.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2010 4:50:09 PM PDT
Wow, You recommend a Neo-con point-of-view and in the same paragraph say' hard not to see bias in Fareed'
Let's be clear: Kagan is ideological to thhe point of propagandist.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2010 1:08:16 AM PDT
I stand corrected. I finished the book and I have to admit it's very well researched, it's also as expected open-minded and has some very interesting insights.
Having said that, I think Fareed underestimates the impact of Radical Islam in the world. Here's where I think Fareed is biased. Other than that, his points of views are refreshingly interesting about the world beyond America, in time and space.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2010 6:51:48 AM PST
I'm not seeing the threat of Europe versus the US. Sorry.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 9:07:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2011 9:09:10 AM PDT
R. Mitra says:
Your review was written in July 2008. Today it is Aug 2011. I am sure you have found answers to your second question. As for your first question, why not wait for a few more years :) ?

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 9:07:26 AM PDT
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