In the best-selling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, The Accidental Superpower will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power.
In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how geography, combined with demography and energy independence, will pave the way for one of the great turning points in history, and one in which America reasserts its global dominance.
No other country has a greater network of internal waterways, a greater command of deepwater navigation, or a firmer hold on industrialization technologies than America. Zeihan argues that the future is undoubtedly bright for America, the only country with enough young adults to fill the capital-generating void that will be left behind by 2030. The Accidental Superpower also explores shale oil and its surprising key role in America's move toward energy independence and how it will shape (and is already shaping) American life for the next 50 years.
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"Drifting towards isolationism"
“The Accidental Superpower” (Superpower) is a surprisingly interesting and powerful analysis about the geopolitical state of the world. The author, Peter Zeihan, uses regional histories, geographic topographies, demographic trends, and economic data to make predictions about the conditions of specific countries between 2015 and 2030. The big winners are Mexico and the United States. The big losers are Russia and China. However, its Zeihan’s culmination of the data that makes his hypotheses so compelling.
Zeihan, who also expertly reads the book, does not stray far from the data when making predictions about the world’s future. “Superpower” opens with the author discussing his love and obsession with maps. Zeihan suggest that a county’s financial and military success can be strongly correlated to its native topography. The author posits that the United States is the supreme superpower due to its numerous internal rivers that result in the cheap transport of goods, large costal oceans that provide a natural defensive border from hostile nations, and fertile farmlands that can feed the masses. No other country or superpower comes close to having the topographical advantages inherent to the United States.
Although Zeihan predicts the United States will continue its dominant superpower status for the foreseeable future, there will be bumps along the way as the country moves toward a more isolationist political policy. The shift toward isolationism is in part a result of achieving energy independence through increased petroleum production due to the Shale revolution. Simply put, the United States will have minimum incentive to protect oceanic trading corridors when energy independence is achieved. This sets the occasion for global disorder through regional conflicts and wars as the United States loses interest in policing water corridors across the world.
Readers of nonfiction and geopolitics will very much enjoy “Superpower”. I provided a very small taste of what this powerful and interesting book has to offer readers.
"You need to read this book. Pretty darn accurate."
From what I have personally researched this accounting appears the author may be spot on. Excellent narration as well. One needs to read this material. Not a gloom and doom outlook either; just realistic. I felt I was being carried through a futuristic journey in a time machine. Very well organized.
"Huge if True"
Peter brings an interesting and not often seen perspective to the issues of the day, providing a long term and dispassionate view to otherwise distressing current events. Definitely worth the listen, even if only to hear a calm voice in an era of sensationalism and preoccupation with the now and no consideration of the future in news media.
"Intriguing content, distracting performance"
Author has excellent points and is clearly knowledgeable about subject, but is not a professional reader. His energy highs and lows where the sound was edited repeatedly contributed to me losing my thoughts. This, and plenty of repetition in chapters 3-8 made me wish this was several hours shorter.
"Overall a good listen, but ...."
Overall a good read and an interesting premise. Disappointing in the aspect that for someone who loves maps, the author couldn't be bothered to use color plates in the download that accompanies the audible book. The greyscale is difficult to interpret. Color maps would have added great value.
"Great book that should have been narrated by someone else"
The subject and writing more than make up for the narrator's annoying vocal fry. Highly recommend it.
informative book, I could not wait to come back and keep listening. Just the sort of information that gets clouded by people who are pro Russia or pro China etc.
"History that is of significant value to everyone"
It's not only good to know where you and everyone else came from but the knowledge Zeihan details in this book should certainly help you in developing an informed perspective of the potential changes the recent Brexit vote could bring. This is a great listen.
"Lacking any integration of climate in geopolitics"
Unfortunately, Climate Change is only included in this book as a short appendix chapter where the author says that he still isn't sure if it's really a man made phenomenon. That cost this author lots of credibility in my book.
This is still a fascinating read, but I think it needs to be coupled with a similar book to ensure you are getting more than one angle to some of the author's geopolitical predictions.
Peter Zeihan narrates his own book. The production quality is extremely low compared to other audiobooks.
Given that this book predicts American Isolationism but is written before the rise of Donald Trump, I think this book could definitely use a follow-up.
"Best book I've read this year!"
My favorite geopolitics book used to be "The Revenge of Geography" by Robert Kaplan, but it just moved down a notch. A must read!
"Thought provoking "
Highly interesting, intelligent and nonconformist view on the geopolitical and economic developments ahead of us. Well worth listening to!
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