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The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century (edition 2005)

by Thomas P.M. Barnett

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Title:The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century
Authors:Thomas P.M. Barnett
Info:Berkley Trade (2005), Paperback, 448 pages
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The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas P. M. Barnett


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Pure propaganda
  bill1758 | Jan 15, 2017 |
This book really opened my eyes to what America's place in the world and role in globalization has been and should be. The United States, a composite of the rest of the world, is the natural leader and model for . Great power war has ended. Where there are conflicts within regions and nations, it usually stems from resistance to connectivity with the rest of the world. Sometimes, failed states and bad actors require force to a prevent humanitarian crises. After the force has been employed, it is important to follow up with security and assistance and help the affected people establish rules to enable them connect to the rest of the world. Only the United State has the resources to play that part, but it would be smart for the rising powers to help and America should welcome that help. ( )
1 vote rixtex | Aug 8, 2010 |
I think that the author has a point with the stuff he says in his book. ( )
  Conner23456 | May 27, 2009 |
An important work that attempts to demonstrate the direction that the Pentagon will have to make in the 21st Century. He points out that Islam has "bleeding borders," anywhere that Islam rubs against other cultures, it bleeds, or sheds the blood of others. This work fuels related books such as Samuel Huntington's, Clash of Civilizations. Although he has no extended discussion of Islam of Islamism (pp. 42, 109).

Barnett states: 1) The world is divided into a Functioning Core and a Non-Integrating Group; 2) Connectivity is the primary method to define and influence which countries move into the Functioning Core; and 3) Economic relationships have replaced military power.

He seems to be postulating a realistic appraisal of Pentagon efforts and is less ideologically committed than many books of the same ilk. I believe it could be read profitably by many whether a person is a conservative or a liberal.
  gmicksmith | Aug 10, 2008 |
Barnett?s book started out strong, but it became less credible towards the end. His contention that much of what ails the earth is due to a lack of connectedness is a reasonable one, and it explains a lot, but it doesn?t explain everything. I need to go r
  jaygheiser | Jul 23, 2008 |
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This bold and important book strives to be a practical "strategy for a Second American Century." In this brilliantly argued work, Thomas Barnett calls globalization "this country’s gift to history" and explains why its wide dissemination is critical to the security of not only America but the entire world. As a senior military analyst for the U.S. Naval War College, Barnett is intimately familiar with the culture of the Pentagon and the State Department (both of which he believes are due for significant overhauls). He explains how the Pentagon, still in shock at the rapid dissolution of the once evil empire, spent the 1990s grasping for a long-term strategy to replace containment. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Barnett argues, revealed the gap between an outdated Cold War-era military and a radically different one needed to deal with emerging threats. He believes that America is the prime mover in developing a "future worth creating" not because of its unrivaled capacity to wage war, but due to its ability to ensure security around the world. Further, he believes that the U.S. has a moral responsibility to create a better world and the way he proposes to do that is by bringing all nations into the fold of globalization, or what he calls connectedness. Eradicating disconnectedness, therefore, is "the defining security task of our age." His stunning predictions of a U.S. annexation of much of Latin America and Canada within 50 years as well as an end to war in the foreseeable future guarantee that the book will be controversial. And that's good. The Pentagon's New Map deserves to be widely discussed. Ultimately, however, the most impressive aspects of the book is not its revolutionary ideas but its overwhelming optimism. Barnett wants the U.S. to pursue the dream of global peace with the same zeal that was applied to preventing global nuclear war with the former Soviet Union. High-level civilian policy makers and top military leaders are already familiar with his vision of the future—this book is a briefing for the rest of us and it cannot be ignored. --Shawn Carkonen

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Military strategist Barnett provides a cutting-edge approach to globalization that combines security, economic, political, and cultural factors to predict and explain the nature of war and peace in the twenty-first century. Building of the works of Thomas L. Friedman and Francis Fukuyama, and then taking a leap beyond, this book offers hope at a crucial yet uncertain time in history.--From publisher description.… (more)

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