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The New Silk Roads

The Present and Future of the World
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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'All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.' 

When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically. 

Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. 

With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power - all too often absent from headlines in the West. This important - and ultimately hopeful - book asks us to reassess who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihood depend.

©2018 Peter Frankopan (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Sarah B.
  • 11-12-2018

I learned a lot

Fascinating subject matter, well explained for the average reader, helped me to put a context around apparently unconnected events in world politics. Also the narrator, Leighton Pugh, has such an easy voice to listen to and an engaging style.

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  • HellRazor
  • 24-11-2018

The Sun Sets In The West and Rises (once again) In The East.

Frankopan is a solid writer, he writes clearly but sheds light on nothing new here.

The author has a defining point of view and he is no Americanophile.

China wins as the US curls up like a man in a street fight as the rest of the world kicks it.

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  • Dr W.
  • 02-12-2018

Is irrelevance the fate of the West?

The author sets out to address this question and has produced an interesting analysis of the factors at work.

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  • Angus
  • 02-12-2018

Very interesting, left wanting more

Compared to the length of vol.1, 6 hours left me wanting more depth and scope.

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  • Charlie Sammonds
  • 29-11-2018

The balance of power goes from west to east

An update to Frankopan's bestselling and widely acclaimed The Silk Roads. Having covered world history in his previous book, he now looks at the present. The focus is overwhelmingly on economics, trade and political developments. Our news media should certainly pay more attention to what's happening in Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia. The interconnections of the world means that what happens in one part can great affect another. The future of the west will be deeply intertwined with what happens in China. When there is talk of a conflict between the US and China, it is worrying as financial markets and trade are deeply dependent on China.

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