- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Twelve; Reprint edition (Feb. 23 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781455583683
- ISBN-13: 978-1455583683
- ASIN: 1455583685
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder Paperback – Feb 23 2016
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"[A] lively, readable thesis on how the success or failure of nations may rest on the very ground beneath their feet...Anyone seeking a cogent, and provocative, take on where the world is heading should start here. Even if you don't fall in love with maps, you'll never look at them the same way again."― The Wall Street Journal
"In THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER, Peter Zeihan has explored a contemporary version of Napoleon's dictum that the power of countries derives from their geography. He brings a refreshingly novel and thought-provoking approach to understanding the rise of a U.S.-led global order, current threats, and why the U.S. will probably ride out the future better than others."―George Magnus, former Chief Economist and current Senior Advisor, UBS, and author of The Age of Ageing and Uprising
"An adventurous anatomy of how geography, demographics, and resources will sway the American future."―Laurence C. Smith, Professor and Chair of Geography at UCLA, and author of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future
"In THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER, Peter Zeihan deftly deploys his knowledge of demography and geography to show why America's growing energy independence will nurture its global dominance for the next quarter century. His contrarian thrust is a smart parry to forecasts of Washington's dwindling relevance in international affairs."―Stephen Glain, author of State vs. Defense
"[An] ingenious, optimistic overview of America's superpower status...readers will find it difficult to put down this fascinating addition to the 'rise and fall of nations' genre."―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
About the Author
Peter Zeihan launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 after working for twelve years with the geopolitical analysis firm Stratfor, where he was Vice President of Analysis.
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But it is a pretty simple equation that is being pushed as per my review title. The author seems to understand this and acknowledges its limits. I have a couple of issues.
Armed conflict increases, including many who are nuclear capable. I think this is taken too lightly.
The U.S. In my view is split into 2 countries (red and blue states), but that political weakness isn't addressed. And you get blue or red presidents. So 1/2 the population is pissed off at any given time. I don't think that is very stable - US might have good demographics, but that could easily turned on itself.
The rise of general purpose robots isn't really addressed, but it has the potential to destabilize any political union including the U.S. because humans won't be needed as much. Some wealth distribution will need to happen and that always does well ;-)
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