• The End of the World Is Just the Beginning

  • Mapping the Collapse of Globalization
  • By: Peter Zeihan
  • Narrated by: Peter Zeihan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,900 ratings)

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2019 was the last great year for the world economy.

For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days—even hours—of when you decided you wanted it.

America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going.

Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe.

All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

In The End of the World Is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging.

The list of countries that make it all work is smaller than you think. Which means everything about our interconnected world—from how we manufacture products, to how we grow food, to how we keep the lights on, to how we shuttle stuff about, to how we pay for it all—is about to change.

A world ending. A world beginning. Zeihan brings listeners along for an illuminating (and a bit terrifying) ride packed with foresight, wit, and his trademark irreverence. 

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Everyone dies except Americans

Basically a Hollywood style story where everyone dues except US and its neighbors because they are saved by US. I will simply say one thing to trigger your skepticism. He says US population is stable, not aging and will grow when in reality Millennials don't have kids and not even married while zoomers being smallest generation barely have jobs with bad gender relationships. It's fun though to hear him. He uses data in a very straightforward way and still makes bold conclusions without enough data. But whenever we talk about future based on past, it tends to be false.

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Well constructed big picture

I enjoyed how the major trends were constructed and find myself in agreement. However where I have deeper expertise (agriculture and human and animal nutrition) I found some of the details and forecasts lacking. for example rotational grazing is proven to produce animal protein with many positive environmental impacts. And animal protein as the majority of human calories is critical to adult health and fertility and child development as we are undeniably a carnivore based omnivore. So take the details of these forecasts with a grain of salt, while yielding the value of his macro insights.

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Required Reading!!!!!!

The most eye-opening book you will ever read about how life as we know it is changing forever. You will likely be motivated to make a lot of changes to your stock portfolio, if you have one.

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Thought provoking

Highly recommend this eye popping thought provoking book!
The book is filled with evidences yet easy to understand.

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One of the best.

Mr Zeihan and his team have really out done themselves. Very informative. A bit worrying maybe. But I did find this book quite enjoyable.

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  • 06-16-22

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Peter’ sarcastic comments and levity makes a complex subject easily digestible.

I usually listen at at least 1.5 most at much faster speed. I am listening at below 1, maybe because I am an American and find this analysis comforting but it just another exceptional book that i want know the arguments thoroughly and maybe yeah I just don’t want it to be over that fast. The first fully narrated book by Peter Zeihan is a plus

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A tidal wave of information, done well

Rarely, if ever, are Authors able to narrate their own books well. Peter takes his book to another level. So much of this book’s conclusions are dismal. Peter’s engagingly conversational style makes the audiobook seem like an extended dinner party conversation that goes on for hours. Please pass me another glass of wine. Don’t pass by this purchase. You will enjoy it and be enlightened.

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I highly recommend

Have purchased and read all four of Peter's books. This was the best so far.

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Interesting but dramatic

The narrarator has all the drama of telenueva and lingo of an old LA surfer. This lead to the science to be a bit questionable. What's almost as bad is the political opinions by the author. No one needs that and clearly introduces bias from the introduction setting a tone for the rest of the book. But hang in there, it does prove to be informational.

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Loved it

It's so nice having Peter read this book himself. Was the best performance we could have

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  • FluffyKat
  • 08-10-22

Fascinating read

Hugely interesting volume of work providing a historical and forward looking view on global matters including finance, energy and agriculture. Only slight grumble is the author’s almost giddy perspective in each chapter that the USA is where it’s at, and the rest of the world is almost backward by comparison.

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  • Orlando Valota
  • 08-08-22

The future is created - not fated.

This book gives a decent summary of human technological / economic development to date.

The problem is the deterministic tone and perceived inevitability of our past and thus future. It suggests that our future is already fated, and it’s mainly down to geography.

For me this undermines the credibility of the book’s predictions because the future is created, not fated. The human adventure will continue with developments and surprises that will seem inevitable with hindsight.

I was puzzled by the money chapter. After describing the futility of floating Fiat currencies, the author dismisses Bitcoin as ‘pigs might fly’ and lumps it in with the alt-coins. He doesn’t describe how Bitcoin is decentralised and finite and thus theoretically solves many of the problems of central banking systems that print money. I’m not saying Bitcoin is definitely the world’s next form of money, but blockchain is a serious technology to be considered in predictions for the future.

Despite my criticism I gave the book 3 stars because it’s still better than the ‘environmental apocalypse’ vision of the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-22

arrogant beyond comprehension

The authors arrogance towards all that is not American made me unable to struggle through to the end. And the months between Feb and June make his predictions very suspect indeed.

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  • kingprawn1983
  • 06-18-22

Eye opening insight to the future

From the very start Peter’s insight to the future is eye opening. His predictions will make you consider the past, to put the present into perspective and then once you understand how life was, you can see how are future will play out. Fantastic read.

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  • C. Flynn
  • 08-14-22

Interesting but flawed

This is a very interesting book forecasting what the author sees as the future based on hard data on things like population, food supply, energy etc. However there are some elements that he takes as a given that are far from certain. His whole premise is underpinned on the idea that American armed forces have patrolled a lawless globe since 1945 to maintain shipping lanes and global supply chains and now America is going to retreat within its borders and let the world descend back into chaos. That is a hugely flawed assumption which he does little to prove beyond he would like that to happen so it will. It will come as news to most of the world that they have been protected by some invisible fleet of American warships keeping the pirate hoards at bay. Nor is there any real sign that America is about to become some sort of hermit nation. Some fringe Republicans like the Author may wish it to happen but wishing is not proof. His constant America will be great because America is exceptional stance is grating and does little to help Americans prepare for the very same crises that the rest of the globe will face. Sometimes he cites a statistic as a weakness for one country and a few pages later basically the same statistic is a strength for America.

That said when you strip away the "Ra Ra America the Great" veneer there is some very interesting, and scary, facts and data in the book. The world is facing massive challenges in energy, climate change, population, political instability etc etc and the author does a good job laying out those challenges and explaining the impending problems. This book will open your eyes on the challenges facing us all over next 20 years. No place will escape them and we all have to work together to find a way through them

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  • terry miles
  • 08-11-22

Interesting

This is a riveting read (listen) I host a podcast and on the topic of civilisation collapse I have touched on some of these topics, but in nowhere near the depth that Peter Zeihan has touched on the subjects.

The challenges faced by the modern world are evident to anyone that cares to take a look and the utter mess we’re in is becoming more and more visible to the average person, people like me have been warning about this for ages.

5/5 for this book, dark subject matter told with a humour that is necessary in order to not sound like a doomer and lots of good old fashioned facts to draw upon!

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  • william lagan
  • 08-09-22

alot of ifs and maybes

interesting view point. this guy loves the USA not a bad word to say about it.

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  • 08-08-22

Useful idiot

Section 1 is informative, mostly. A little annoying, but useful. Stopped bothering with it once he started with the narrative rubbish. Pity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-22

Everyone needs to listen to this book

amazing and harrowing this might be the most important book you will ever listen to

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  • Jiri
  • 08-06-22

Brilliant, entraining and provocative!

Peter, this is a great book. I started to follow your work due Ukraine war and following energy and food crisis. You are a brilliant analyst and way you challenge the status quo is outstanding. Your work has a lot qualities despite I may sometime (proximity bias) disagree with you on some of thoughts on Germany and the U.K, knowing both countries well, I believe you missed one super important topic and that is transfer of Euro trading (and euro backed securities) from London to Frankfurt after Brexit. Prior Brexit world long flow was Tripolar (based on clock) Tokyo / London / New York, after Brexit it has changed Tokyo / Singapore / Frankfurt / London / New York. London was gateway to and from Europe but because UK is no longer in EU this prominent role seized, Plus London is ripped with Russian money which no is under scrutiny. So let’s say Germany and UK are now on much more equal terms than were before.

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  • anton
  • 07-31-22

Liked the book but...

The book provides an interesting view on geopolitics and global trade but that's just it, it is very opinionated and overlooks anything that isn't America centric also not all of the claimed facts and statements add up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-22

Okay. Heaps of info

Plenty of attempted humour in the book, but it just didn't hit the spot, and became a bit, ummm, annoying.
However, get past that and there is heaps of great info and analysis and a very interesting and cohesive, thought provoking view of the future of geo-politics-economics.
Well worth the read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-22

I don’t thing the USA will exit the global economy

Peter is a great speaker and writer. Exceptionally narrated with timely and properly researched content! The book highlights some very important topics although I am sceptical about the US “abandoning” the world. In my view most People evolved from a nationalistic agenda and embrace the global reach and won’t want to give it all up just like that. I highly recommend the book but make sure to have your own views on it too. Society is more than geography and demographics, the fabric and fibre or a culture is in the hearths and minds of people. And People are powerful together!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-22

Well recommended

Thank you Peter. Heard about this from Geopop. Absolutely loved the detail and in-depth analysis, even though as a parent it scares me to the bones. No thinking person expects the future to be rosey, but at least you provide some glimmer of hope in the otherwise ashes of the modern order. Now I only wish our leaders would read, internalise and plan for this. Thank you.

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  • Mel Robinson
  • 06-30-22

Cognitive read.

Complex subject expressed very succinctly, Peter Zeihan is my Clive Cussler of the world affairs.

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  • Simon Mac
  • 06-29-22

Thought provoking read on de globalisation

Mind boggling vision of the future. A Nostradamus for the now. Stats and number that build a picture of the world we are running towards. An eye opener both bleak and brilliant.

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  • Gareth
  • 06-26-22

A very interesting, but incomplete work.

I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting book. But I have an issue to pick with it. It reduces the success of a nation to Geography and resource availiabilty but makes no mention of human capital to a nations' success. Countries like Denmark, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Finland, Singapore and Japan have people who are smart, innovative and hardworking. They have few resourcess but still succeed and why the authors' prediction for China is wrong. China is hands down producing the worlds smartest people, you only have to look at any Western University or College to see this. Meanwhile, US academia is a global joke and are seen as progressing in their field by parroting neo - marxist mantras with no desire to understand or pursue subjective knowledge. The Chinese are going to overtake the US in the technology race and this will compensate for their demographic decline.

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  • Michael Daum
  • 06-22-22

some good information here.

I do not agree with everything but there is some excellent data and analysis in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-22

A funny and Horrifical read

Grab yourself a coffee and put on your adult sized diaper. As this book is a very interesting collection of horrific facts and predictions, that would make any non American soil themselves. If you are American, then it's probably nice relaxing read. But else where it's going to be Mad Max rules. Where the sweet release of death will be a blessing. All that aside. The author is a very charismatic and funny writer, who does an excellent job at sugaring the pill. Maybe not a book for your Tony Robins positive thinker types. But maybe a excellent warning for the problems that the world might face in the future. And maybe it can inspire some great minds to solve some of these problems over the horizon.

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  • Les
  • 06-16-22

A very disturbing but interesting read

Excellent case established for the end of globalisation. It will be a hell of a ride for humanity
Strongly recommend that you read this.