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I'm glad I listened. There's no substitute for getting geopolitics direct from its practitioners. I got hooked and finished over the weekend. The authors know what they're doing. I worry this may be studied everywhere but in the U.S. until it's too late to use the guidance in it.
It deals with a subject within geopolitics called "allies." It's not an easy subject. Obvious to me, the authors spared no effort to research this and edit their work. Lots of stuff that's been in the news, it all makes sense to me now.
If one likes the ancient Greeks and Romans, Machiavelli, the pre-WWI British and The Godfather, this book puts the world on stage in an entertaining way. What we have is a crisis brewing that's going to be painful, but the book sheds light on what to do about it.
The thing about having an alliance network in the world is it's not static. The country, the federal government, has to continually manage it. But it gets mismanaged so often. Having allies is expensive, because a country has to perform in certain ways. The alternatives are more expensive.
I like the vocabulary, the way the discipline of geopolitics views events in the world and the delivery. The narrator was right for this type of book. It's probably a big hit in China. I loved it.
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