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"The Accidental Superpower" by Peter Zeihan. A Review
Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global
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New York, NY 10104
ISBN: 9781455583669; $28.00; November 2014
5 Stars of 5
Bundled together in fifteen dense
chapters and an epilogue is a confluence of geography, demographics, history, economics
and geopolitics. But more than dry, dusty facts and figures is an education!
This is one of the reasons we were supposed to stay awake and pay attention
while taking those classes in secondary school and college! Oh, now I get it!
And so Peter Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist who has worked for the US State
Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, helped develop the
analytical models for Stratfor, and started his own firm – Zeihan on
Geopolitics – has handed off to readers a thoughtful learning-experience in his
384 page hardback, “The Accidental
Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global
Disorder”. This tome exhibits why we
were forced to sit through those classes and expected to grasp their content: all
together they all matter! Therefore this is not a book of “recommendations on
what” the author thinks “should
happen” but “predictions about what will
are hundreds of reviews of the book already splattered across the internet, I’ll
simply focus on its main emphasis, and why this book is important. Zeihan
starts out with his major thesis – geography counts, therefore the “trick is to
begin with geography and see where it takes you; don’t start with a theory and
use geography to justify it” (Ibid.). That means that geopolitics is a
significant tool, since it is a “study of how place matters” (8). Thus, as the
author works his way through the seven continents and their history, he builds
a case for why America became an accidental superpower, and will remain one for
many years to come.
shows the ways in which America made a safer world through its World War Two
era Bretton Woods guarantees that were “firmly rooted in the United States’
unique strengths: a singular combination of geography, industry, and
technological development that constituted the primary source of American power”
(5). Because of Bretton Woods, America relieved many nations from the need to
pour monies and manpower into building huge defenses and navies to secure their
territories and transports or invade other nations to secure necessities. And
so for the past 70 years there has been a world-wide historical vacation for
most of the planet. But those days are coming to an end, according to the
author, and the result will be traumatic for many nations. Not only will there
be an end to the international free trade order, but most countries’ demographics
(aging populations with less and less younger people to prop up their
industrial and economic apparatuses) will fight against them as well. The
crucial years will be 2015 through 2030. Yet America will still remain the
dominant power for the numerous reasons charted out in the book.
What I enjoyed
about the book was that it was not a chicken-little-the-sky-is-falling
dystopian work. Rather, pursuing outcomes based on the confluence of geography,
demographics, history, economics and geopolitics takes away the ideological and
emotional edge. Further, it was an education in all of those subjects, and their
significance in discerning what is happening now and what are the trends for
the future. I found it interesting that the book was written in 2014, and some
of the foreseeable events Zeihan mentioned (Ukraine and Russia, Syria, Greece, and
so forth, just to name a few) have now begun to play out in 2018.
“The Accidental Superpower” is worth
the time to read and think through. It will give the reader a bigger frame of
reference for viewing what is presently happening on the global scene and why.
I think this book is a keeper, and will be one referred back to over the next
few decades. You may not agree with all of the author’s analysis, but in the
end, you will find it helpful and instructive. This volume should be read by
anyone who wants a glimpse into what will likely be coming (and is already
starting to come). It also needs to find its way into High School and College
classes, if for no other reason than as an illustration of the significance of geography,
economics, history, demographics and geopolitics, and how those disciplines can
team up and work together. I highly recommend this book! And now I am ready to
jump into his second volume, “The Absent Superpower”. I can’t wait!
Thanks to the author for providing,
upon my request, the free copy of “The
Accidental Superpower” used for this review. The assessments are mine
given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s
16 CFR, Part 255).
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