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Obama reads Fareed Zakaria’s Post American World


Politics are on the mind of everyone in North America at the moment. We are in the midst of a financial crisis that at least matches the recessions of the 1980s (or possibly the 1930s) and elections in both Canada and the US. So it not surprising to find out one of the most searched for and bestselling books is Fareed Zakaria’s Post American World.

A few months back Barack Obama was seen reading a copy of the book and now it is being touted by foreign affairs analysts as the wake up call that America should take heed to.

This article in the Seattle Times echo’s the sentiment of the books first line:

How could this be? The United States remains the singular world power, even with a battered and bruised economy. No other country is a match for this nation’s military might. Turns out the resounding global chorus is, “So what?”

Sens. Obama and McCain are receiving this sober assessment from an equally sober source, Thomas Fingar, the top analyst in the U.S. intelligence community. His report, “Global Trends 2025,” argues the erosion of U.S. leadership in political, economic and even cultural areas is accelerating.

Fingar, who will brief the new president, shared his findings with an organization of intelligence analysts last month, and The Washington Post covered his speech. His talk echoed a book that is a must-read, “The Post-American World,” by Fareed Zakaria. The first sentence in the slim but powerful volume sets the tone: “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.”

Wondering what else Barack Obama is reading? We were, too.

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