Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

Author: Thomas P. M. Barnett

Published by the Penguin Books

Thomas P. M. Barnett is a strategic planner who has worked in national security affairs since the end of the Cold War. His reputation for being among the best and the brightest is self-evident. With the publication of The Pentagon's New Map, he became a New York Times best-selling author. As a forecaster of global conflict and an expert on grand strategy, he is constantly being called upon to provide analysis and guidance, particularly within government circles.

Among the many hats he wears, these are only a few. He has been a senior advisor for the office of the Secretary of Defense, advising many of the command posts, from Central Command to Special Operations Command and from Pacific Command to Joint Forces Command. He is a contributing editor at Esquire and writes a weekly column for the Scripps Howard News Service. He has also written for several additional publications, including U.S. News & World Report, National Review, Washington Post, The Guardian, and Wired.

In his new book Great Powers: America and the World After Bush, Tom Barnett provides some much needed perspective on where America stands almost 8 years after 9/11 and what challenges lay ahead. A "provocative reading from a geopolitical wizard and a military insider", Great Powers: America and the World After Bush is an engaging, detailed discussion about the world today and the coming decades.

Now, with a new president in the White House, there is a sense that America is back and will lead once more. But how does America harness its collective imagination to not only rejoin the world, but become a leader again in what has become the most profound reordering of the globe since the end of World War II?

In Great Powers: America and the World after Bush, the author provides us with a remarkable analysis of the post-Bush world and America's leadership role in it. Mr. Barnett surveys U.S. history from the American Revolution through the end of the Cold War and writes that "America's journey back to its preeminence begins with one simple realization: This is a world of our making, a world where globalization as it exists today connects the world, and we are the creators who are responsible."

Although he contends that Americans must dramatically realign their own post-9/11 trajectory with that of the world at large, he argues in favor of continued movement in the direction of globalization.

Like Thomas Friedman, Mr. Barnett is an incredible optimist, but he is also pragmatic. He sees the world as in much better shape than most of his counterparts in the policy communities, and even believes that it is becoming progressively better.

In the 21st century the most important outcomes will be determined by the choices the Americans will be making in the next days, weeks, and months ahead. America needs to be thinking strategically about a grand strategy, one in which they can shape and define what comes next. In Great Powers the author shows Americans how to do just that, as he takes command so that the readers can all move forward.


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