Soros believes that this administration's plans abroad come from the same sort of "bubble" psychology that afflicted our markets in the late 90s. They have used a real fact, our overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview, that might makes right and that "you're either with us or against us", in the same way that the recent boom used a real fact, the growth in technology, to lead to a delusion, the "new economy".
Like the best of the books that have responded quickly to world events, The Bubble of American Supremacy, has a clear, intriguing, comprehensive thesis that makes necessary, and compelling, order of our seemingly disordered world.
© George Soros; (P)2004 PublicAffairs
"[An] intensely polemical but also succinct and well-reasoned book." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Soros offers historical perspective, social theory, and his own keen observational skills to make his points. This may be the one anti-Bush book that reaches an audience beyond the Democratic amen corner." (Booklist)
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"Great perspective, solid facts"
Of course Soros is a liberal. Conservative reactionarieis may call it "dumb", perhaps they should actually listen.
First half of the book is pre-election, but the facts are the same even though Bush won. A pleasure for us lefties, a review of the "why not" for others. The second half is Soros' world view of Open Societies, a more challenging listen, more controversial, forces you to develop your own opinion about what America actually stands for.
I recommend if you're a leftie or not.
"A Good Rant is Hard to Find"
If you are looking for a book laden with modern day insights, this is not it. The book is decent, but it is more opinion than scholarly fact, more rant than expose. Even so, George Soros is a great man and so a book with his thoughts is worth reading. Only know that the reading experience is more akin to sitting with George at an airport bar and tossing around thoughts about today's world.
"the bubble that ends with some optimism ..."
In the book Soros goes high with his critique of George Bush and latest events involving US on a global scene. He argues that after September 11th attacks, American government abused its principles and launched the mistaken "War on Terror". Even though I had the opposite view - I must admit that Soros's arguments are very convincing and after reading the book, one starts to questions the view that Iraq war was just war and that Bush administration was legitimate in that action....
But the book has a dose of optimism. It is in Soros constant promotion of Open Society idea.The part of the book describes his activities in promoting the Open Society in Russia and other Central and Eastern Europe countries. The book has its special meaning today - in the year of the presidential elections in US....
Strongly recommended !!!
One that every American should read / listen to, even after the ellections.
If I could rate this lower than 1, I would gladly do it.
Soros must have been born twins because no one person could be this dumb. Reading the cover of the title wastes 5 seconds of your life.
the qestion one is left with is "If you hate America this much, why not move?"
"Right Book, Wrong Title"
George has delighted us with another laser focused analysis. The book is enlightening and provides invaluable insights into key geopolitical and macro economic issues, albeit that the Author had to eat his words again as his prediction that President Bush would not be re-elected proved wrong. George Soros did not really need to put such a provocative title that clearly reflects his sentiments towards the Bush Administration. It tainted the high quality content of the book. The Author should have never lost sight of the fact that the maximum term any administration can spend in Office is 8 years. The constant infusion of new blood into the Oval Office is what will keep America a super power. Few countries enjoy this dynamic and peaceful transfer of Command.
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