- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1St Edition edition (September 18, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465027261
- ISBN-13: 978-0465027262
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives 1St Edition Edition
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The former national security advisor is still a believer in geopolitics after all these years. Like most foreign-policy aficionados weaned on the Cold War, Brzezinski (Out of Control, 1993) has been forced by the disintegration of the Soviet Union to broaden his perspective--but not very far. He sees the US as the only global superpower, but inability to maintain its hegemony indefinitely means that ``geostrategic skill'' is essential. To what end is not specified beyond the vague shaping of ``a truly cooperative global community'' that is in ``the fundamental interests of humankind,'' but in this genre, goals are commonly assumed rather than examined. In any case, Brzezinski casts Eurasia as the playing field upon which the world's fate is determined and analyzes the possibilities in Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans (interpreted broadly), and the Far East. Like a grandmaster in chess, he plots his strategy several moves in advance, envisioning a three-stage development. Geopolitical pluralism must first be promoted to defuse challenges to America, then compatible international partners must be developed to encourage cooperation under American leadership, and finally the actual sharing of international political responsibility can be considered. The twin poles of this strategy are a united Europe in the West and China in the East; the central regions are more problematic and, for Brzezinski, not as critical in constructing a stable balance of power. This updated version of East-West geopolitics is worth taking seriously but it is also an amazing example of how a perspective can be revised without actually being rethought. (Radio satellite tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
...as sobering as it is timely... -- American Spectator, David Aikman
At its best, The Grand Chessboard makes permanent contributions to the national debate over American foreign policy and power. At its worst, it demonstrates the need for contemporary statesmen and political thinkers to immerse themselves more deeply in the rich tradition of Anglo-American strategic thought that brought first Britain and now the United States to global preeminence at an astonishingly low cost. -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Walter Russell Mead
Brzezinski has now stated and restated his concerns. His books are there for any political leader to use as material for future policy declarations. But it is difficult in the current situation to imagine much of a competition to take up Brzesinski's ideas, however well they are argued here. -- The New York Times Book Review, Bernard Gwertzman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is no greater good. One human farm fights the other human farm controlled by the same farmers. First you have to get all the animals onto farms with different systems of control and then domesticate them properly by making them dependent on the farmers. Next, orchestrate fears, tensions, rivalry and hatred between the farms. Then let the games begin. Chess anyone? Have you figured out who the grand master is yet? All roads lead somewhere.
All in All, "The Grand Chessboard" breaks down the acquisition and maintenance of power at the macro level, where Floyd Hunter's, "Community Power Structure: A Study of Decision Makers" accomplishes a similar mission at the micro level.
"The Grand Chessboard" is not page- turner. This book is geared for the student of politics, business and international affairs. If you want to connect the dots in geopolitics, this is a "must read."
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I obviously bought the three other books of Zbigniew Brzezinski following this one and I am reading "The Choice" which is just as good...
For everybody interested in the field of international relations, it could be an excellent sequel to "Diplomacy" by Henry Kissinger !