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After the fall : being American in the world we've made

Rhodes, Ben 1977- (author.).


Summary: "In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping former president Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in his own country, Rhodes decided to look outward, at the wider world. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, dissidents, and activists confronting the same forces that produced the Trump presidency: spreading nationalism, authoritarianism, and disinformation. Along the way, he was spied on by former Mossad operatives and the Chinese government, met with Hong Kong protesters and Russian oppositionists, and found people from Europe to Asia to the United States struggling to reconcile their own identities with the crude nationalism of their leaders--all while pursuing new strategies to fight back. Equal parts memoir and reporting, 'After the Fall' is an ambitious and essential work of discovery. Throughout, Rhodes reflects on how the 2008 financial crisis completed a collapse of public confidence in America, globalization, and democracy itself, opening a door to the wave of strongman leaders who have transformed our world--men like Viktor Orban in Hungary, Vladimir Putin in Russia, and Xi Jinping in China. He wrestles with how peoples' yearning for identity and belonging has been weaponized by nationalists. And he learns from a diverse set of characters--from Obama to rebels to rising politicians--how we can choose a more hopeful story going forward"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781984856050
  • ISBN: 1984856057
  • ISBN: 9781984856067
  • Physical Description: xvii, 358 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: The authoritarian playbook. The currents of history ; Freedom's high-water mark ; "Take our country back": from Trianon to the Tea Party ; Identity politics ; Opposition ; The liberal order: an elongated reason cycle? -- The counterrevolution. The house of Soviets ; The song is the same ; Putin and Obama: two worldviews ; The system is rigged ; The Crimean war ; Democratic nationalism ; A war without violence -- The Chinese dream. Meet the new boss ; The outlier ; The Chinese dream ; Make China great again ; One country, two systems ; "The narrative of liberalism and democracy collapsed" ; Power doesn't give up without a fight -- Who we are: being American. Who we are ; We do big things ; Forever war ; The ocean liner ; Fight the smears ; After the fall.
Subject: United States
Russia (Federation)
World politics
Political corruption
Globalization Political aspects
Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
Political corruption China History 21st century
Political corruption Russia (Federation) History 21st century
Political corruption Hungary History 21st century
Nationalism United States History 21st century
United States Politics and government 2017-
Globalization Political aspects United States
World politics 21st century
Genre: History.

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