• The Power of Crisis

  • How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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New York Times Bestseller

Renowned political scientist Ian Bremmer draws lessons from global challenges of the past 100 years—including the pandemic—to show how we can respond to three great crises unfolding over the next decade.

In this revelatory, unnerving, and ultimately hopeful book, Bremmer details how domestic and international conflicts leave us unprepared for a trio of looming crises—global health emergencies, transformative climate change, and the AI revolution. Today, Americans cannot reach consensus on any significant political issue, and US and Chinese leaders behave as if they’re locked in a new Cold War. We are squandering opportunities to meet the challenges that will soon confront us all.

In coming years, humanity will face viruses deadlier and more infectious than Covid. Intensifying climate change will put tens of millions of refugees in flight and require us to reimagine how we live our daily lives. Most dangerous of all, new technologies will reshape the geopolitical order, disrupting our livelihoods and destabilizing our societies faster than we can grasp and address their implications.

The good news? Some farsighted political leaders, business decision-makers, and individual citizens are already collaborating to tackle all these crises. The question that should keep us awake is whether they will work well and quickly enough to limit the fallout—and, most importantly, whether we can use these crises to innovate our way toward a better world.

Drawing on strategies both time-honored and cutting-edge, from the Marshall Plan to the Green New Deal, The Power of Crisis provides a roadmap for surviving—even thriving in—the 21st century. Bremmer shows governments, corporations, and every concerned citizen how we can use these coming crises to create the worldwide prosperity and opportunity that 20th-century globalism promised but failed to deliver.

©2022 Ian Bremmer. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Not a Wonk

This selection was the one I chose to teach me what is going on globally and the options we have for the future. This book suited all my needs. The narration was excellent which is something I looked to for every book I buy. The themes were clearly presented and followed through completely. I have always admired Mr. bremmer and his work.

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Excellent Synthesis of the Current State of the World

I very much enjoyed hearing Ian Bremmer’s take on the intersection of current events, economics, and politics. This book is yet another exercise that provides perspective on the Status Quo, speculation on the near and distant future, and hypotheses for possible solutions to the challenges facing us and our children.

While some may dismiss his more optimistic scenarios, he makes a solid case for the crises we face and their consequences if they are not faced seriously and rationally. What I most appreciate is the global perspective he brings even though he admits to a Western bias, he is not an Ultra-Nationalist America Firster. All his solutions are based in hoped-for intelligent analysis and compromise.

Global Health, Climate Change, and AI and related, ever-evolving Technologies are our future and if we don’t take steps to address these crises, our future may be “poorer, more nasty, brutish, and short” than we have hoped.

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Problems and solutions

I recommend listening to the intro and last chapter first. It’s the last one that summarizes Bremmer’s astute conclusions in each of the crisis he explores: the Red-Blue American divide; how to compete and contend with a testy and tetchy China; and climate change.

Bremmer’s explanations of issues cuts through erudite prose, presenting the issues in a manner that make sense to steel workers and scholars alike. A good listen for commuters, road trips, long flights, housework, farmers, long haul truckers, and more. Bremmer is an “every man’s scholar.”

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Clear-eyed insights

As always, Ian brings superior understanding and analysis without prejudice or hidden agenda. One of the very few reliable voices.

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Thought Provoking

Throughout the book the author provides facts, gives theoretical solutions, then explains the pros and cons of his position. Chapter three succinctly details the looming threat of crisis change in an illuminating manner. I highly recommend this book!

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Just an opinion piece

Actual facts were missing. If you want a liberal mouthpiece. then this is your book. It is light on actual facts outside of learning that Ian Bremmer truly dislikes President Trump & that he can argue his point. I was looking for insight & I just received his opinion.

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This Really Matters

An absolutely essential read for all who share a desire to leave this a better world when our individual lives end.

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A Very Important Book

Ian Bremmer provides a very thoughtful and important analysis of the global challenges ahead and how AI will be the center piece of the choices and strategies we will be facing. Everyone should read this and everyone should be well aware of what will be occurring in our very near future and the profound impact it will have on our lives.

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this book covers items in medium dept. however it covers many topics. This makes the feel of it quite like a summary, something you might hear at secondary school. I did however enjoy it.

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Much Longer Than Needed

When a chapter is identified as Conclusion, it shouldn't be over an hour longer. This was tough to finish istening to. The Trump-bashing was annoying, author clearly has his views he's trying to repeatedly support.

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  • 06-15-22

brilliant but im sure the recording quality is off

brilliant on all counts but the sound quality seems to come in and out through most of a couple of chapters

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  • 07-22-22

Thought provoking

Ian Bremmers discussions on the world threats we are currently facing and facing into are a thought provoking big picture analysis of our global situation and attitudes that are needed to divert us from disaster. Tradition One of a 12 step program is “Our common welfare must come first, personal recovery depends on it’ Mr Bremmer bought this into sharper focus for me even at a personal level. He also left me with hope that humanity can rise and live by common welfare principles just as any recovering alcoholic/addict learns if they are guided by 12 Step principles.

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  • 06-13-22

Collaborate or perish.

A really interesting book. It’s succinct but broad. A Geo-political essential text. Highly recommend.