Yesterday I went to Barnes & Noble to check out the book, The Post-American World. I got interested with this book after watching Fareed Zakaria on Charlie Rose. But since the book is still in hardcover it’s a bit pricey ($25 bucks in store). So I opted to just order it from Amazon, saving me more than $10. How very American of me 😉
I’m looking forward to reading this book to have more detailed understanding of Zakaria’s thesis: the Rise of the Rest.
Growing up outside of the U.S. and having had an experience living in
Europe, my gut feeling tells me that Zakaria’s thesis is very sound.
But the devil, as they say, is in the details.
That said, my
first impression on this book is favorable. Other political books are
too politically divisive, too much engaged in partisanship, too
conservative, too liberal, too American-centric, or too anti-American.
What I like about this book is that it’s neither American-centric nor
anti-American. It does critique American leadership (i.e. GW Bush’s
failed foreign policies) but all in all it’s a constructive criticism of
U.S. foreign and economic policies, as well as a peek on what’s
happening around the world. Coming from someone who is constantly
exposed to international issues (Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International) this book looks promising.
But I’ll withhold the rest of my praise or critique until I’ve read the book. Will post my review soon.
For those of you who have already read it, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.