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8 Overall

5 Applicability

9 Innovation

9 Style


The geopolitical landscape evolves so fast that almost any book about global politics ages before the ink can dry. Zbigniew Brzezinski - known as one of the keenest students of American defense and diplomacy since his service in the Carter administration - urges European-American rapprochement over Iraq. He calls for a transition from a war against terrorism to a moral war for global equality and political representation, namely, democracy. No doubt due to unfortunate timing, his book does not account for recent democratic elections in the Middle East or for new transatlantic diplomatic initiatives. Regardless, he uses his laser-beam intellect to show convincingly how globalism, American geopolitical dominance and American cultural imperialism are interacting to create a perfect storm of misunderstanding that leaves Uncle Sam with a tough choice: how to react to terrorism without overreacting and causing U.S. isolation. He concludes that America can choose to lead or to dominate, but not both. strongly recommends this book to students of globalism and the ongoing experiment of global democracy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Carter administration National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes total security is a thing of the past for America;
  • What trends are putting America in the crosshairs of terrorism;
  • Why America must forgo its cowboy mentality and submit to multilateralism; and
  • How America must pacify, play fair and nurture its friends to be a beacon, not a battering ram.

About the Author

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as the National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter, and is currently a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor of foreign policy at The Johns Hopkins University. He has written eight previous books, including Grand Failure and The Grand Chessboard.



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