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The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives [Kindle Edition]

Zbigniew Brzezinski
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As the twentieth century draws to a close, the United States has emerged as the world’s only superpower: no other nation possesses comparable military and economic power or has interests that bestride the globe. Yet the critical question facing America remains unanswered: What should be the nation’s global strategy for maintaining its exceptional position in the world? Zbigniew Brzezinski tackles this question head-on in this incisive and pathbreaking book.The Grand Chessboard presents Brzezinski’s bold and provocative geostrategic vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. Central to his analysis is the exercise of power on the Eurasian landmass, which is home to the greatest part of the globe’s population, natural resources, and economic activity. Stretching from Portugal to the Bering Strait, from Lapland to Malaysia, Eurasia is the ”grand chessboard” on which America’s supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. The task facing the United States, he argues, is to manage the conflicts and relationships in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East so that no rival superpower arises to threaten our interests or our well-being.The heart of The Grand Chessboard is Brzezinski’s analysis of the four critical regions of Eurasia and of the stakes for America in each arena—Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and East Asia. The crucial fault lines may seem familiar, but the implosion of the Soviet Union has created new rivalries and new relationships, and Brzezinski maps out the strategic ramifications of the new geopolitical realities. He explains, for example: Why France and Germany will play pivotal geostrategic roles, whereas Britain and Japan will not. Why NATO expansion offers Russia the chance to undo the mistakes of the past, and why Russia cannot afford to toss this opportunity aside. Why the fate of Ukraine and Azerbaijan are so important to America. Why viewing China as a menace is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Why America is not only the first truly global superpower but also the last—and what the implications are for America’s legacy. Brzezinski’s surprising and original conclusions often turn conventional wisdom on its head as he lays the groundwork for a new and compelling vision of America’s vital interests. Once, again, Zbigniew Brzezinski provides our nation with a philosophical and practical guide for maintaining and managing our hard-won global power.

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About the Author

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, is a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University, both located in Washington, D.C. His many books include The Choice and The Grand Chessboard. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3619 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (21 Mar. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OSFX0A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 'must read book 19 Nov. 2009
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For anyone interested in the motivations that underpin current American foreign policy thinking, this is a 'must read' book. I came to it because of the number of times it was referenced by other authors and decided that it was time that I read it too. The title of the book explains its analytical purpose. It is very much about how the USA can continue to assert its primacy and the manner in which it needs to do so. Reading this analysis of America's global strategic imperatives, especially for the long-term control and security of oil supplies, shows why the USA is in Iraq, Afghanistan now and, latterly, why it is becoming more involved in Africa in countries where oil and minerals are yet to be exploited intensively. It also explains America's military, diplomatic and commercial presence in countries that encircle Russia and border on China.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling material, but very well written. 23 July 2007
I have to agree with the review from the Publishers Weekly found on the reverse of the so much as while I found quite a lot of the information/commentary troubling, I also relise that it is a very realistic appraisal of the state of global balance of power (or lack there of), and portrays arguably a realistic view of where 'we' are all headed. Brzezinski also did I feel a find job of setting the world scene historically. That is not to say that I have any delusions about where Mr. Brzezinski is comming from...(in my opinion) the Dark Side of the Force, but he does know how to write a very readable book. N.B. I would recomend reading this book in conjunction with any of the following: The new rulers of the World, Web of Deceit - Mark Curtis, Unholy Trinity, and Resource Wars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 Aug. 2013
By Kendo
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He's a very clever guy is Mr. Brzezinski!! This book was originally wrote in 1979, and looking around us know, the American plan is well under way. Well worth a read.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Guide: Especially for Central Asia 7 Feb. 2003
This really is an extremely well written book which describes the fascinating interconnecting world of geopolitics of our times. Published in 1997, important areas which the book covers are America's unprecedented place in the world (most specifically the all important Eurasia); Russia's current "one solution" dilema along with its geopolitical interests; and those of France and other geostrategic players (Britain not included). Most interesting of all is a superb analysis and overview of what he describes as the the most important geostrategic zone of our time: "The Eurasian Balkins". This zone, also known as Central Asia, is described by Brzenzesky as being in a political vacuum since the fall of the Soviet Union, while it is also in possession of perhaps the world's most massive quantities of energy resources and perhaps ethnic tensions as well. He describes in clear detail the workings of the regional Central Asian geopolitics and its important players. The set of circumstances so described are also said to coincide the explosion of energy needs in East Asia. Since now, in 2003, the USA appears to be on the verge of constructing two huge military bases on its southern flank in Afghanistan and in Iraq, I am unable to suggest a better "beginner's guidebook" for what appears to be the start of what could be one of America's most bold (or risky, depending on the perspective) attempts at increasing its hegemony and short and long term "self-interests". Vast fortunes are to be made, yet the capacity for extreme violance should not be underestimated. This book explains the hows and whys. Amazingly, all this can be read about in less than a few days as the book is very lean and compact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin. 18 Nov. 2014
Quite an interesting read, for what is pretty much 240 pages of jingoism, in it's most base form. I can't fault the writing itself, although the author sometimes takes a rather simplistic view of complex events, but considering the context, and length of this book, it is probably understandable. It can be a bit of a choir at points, the subject matter and near constant egocentricities don't make for easy reading, but there are often important points to be made, so it is worth the effort. I, like others on here, had heard of the book before reading, and had done a little bit of research on the author, so I more or less knew what I was letting myself in for. Although it doesn't really reinvent the wheel or reveal anything new or particularly surprising, it does give some direct, and chilling insight, into American foreign policy. I think it is certainly a worthwhile read, and I will more than likely keep a copy around for referencing, however I probably wouldn't recommend it for those without a keen interest, or advise paying for it unless absolutely necessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Leo
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Very good book, with clear and straight forward idea and strategic vision,most of them we can see in today world. However his visions are a little but contaminated by a "naive" consideration of american supremacy / mission and by a sense of "holy" destiny or unique role in history for the US. Summarising it is a "must to read", easy reading and clear but also in its mainstream ideologic.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars change we can't believe in! 14 Jan. 2009
If you want to know why the world won't change under Obama - read this book, and look up this guy on youtube - there are some disturbing clips out there! Remember that it was this guy that funded and encouraged the muhajadeen in Afghanistan (before the Russian invasion), thus helping to create Islamic fundamentalism - which of course then serves to justify America's terrible and ongoing human rights abuses. Brzezinski is Obama's Foreign Policy advisor. -Change we can believe in? Yeah, right.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Many chapters seemed to be making the same assertions again ...
Many chapters seemed to be making the same assertions again and again. The author could have got his message out in a book half the size, but guess he wanted the fluff it out a bit... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice.
Everything as expected, Excellent choice, great purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Tomasz M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the book.
Published 5 months ago by Vera E Butina-McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Constructing World Thinking
The book represents the chessboard strategy for Global minded Politicians without the drudgery and the boring bits! Read more
Published 6 months ago by fred
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a dull read. I was hoping on him divulging more ...
Kind of a dull read. I was hoping on him divulging more strategical secrets, which he does not do for obvious reasons.
Published 7 months ago by Slush Fund
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything went Great
Published 8 months ago by Marco Frick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good reading ! Today.... is predicted accurately nearly 20 years ago !
Published 10 months ago by Mintaka
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential read
I can't recommend this book enough, fantastic stuff. Though if you have no interest in geopolitics, its obviously not for you. Too lazy to write proper review.
Published on 13 Sept. 2013 by Danielle Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date
Dating from 1997, so much has changed in the meantime, in particular what brzezinski characterizes as the predominant position of the us, that the book is hopelessly dated.
Published on 19 April 2013 by Mr. P. Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars Wildly inaccurate projections, but there you go
I read this book a few years ago in 2007, ten years after it was written. Already back then it seemed out of date; I only read it to amuse myself at just how inaccurate and... Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by NR
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