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Summary

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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©2022 Peter Zeihan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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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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Ignorance is bliss?

Well, if you don't happen to agree with that piece of biblical advice....you're starting in a good place.
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Interesting but a little repetitive

I found this to be compelling listening but quite scary, especially as the things he talks about are already unfolding. The narrator is really good and does well to keep things moving along. I found the constant references to America being the best place in the world somewhat irritating, the author didn’t quite leave all of his personal biases at the door as he claimed!

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The book should have been shorter. Too much fluff

Perhaps the author should not have read this book himself. Cos once in a while, he did seem carried away with his own writing and made a serious book kinda feel pedestrian.Also, where facts stopped and conjectures began became blurred. Anyway, only time can tell if his brilliant take on our future existence will hold. I seem to see a somewhat biased book written with the usual hubris.

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Best book of 2022

By far the best essay I've read so far this year. impressive, a bit depressing but truth comes in a form we do not always like. Our problems are made by humans and therefore can be solved by humans, said John F. Kennedy.

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Gave me depression

Full outlook for things to happen until 2040, perfect delivery. As they would say in car crash test facilities: "strap your selves in, it's going to be a heck of a ride".

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Classic Zeihan

A must read for anyone navigating the Twenty first century or anyone trying to build wealth. A classic

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  • 18-06-22

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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  • preetam
  • 22-06-22

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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  • Zean Amush
  • 17-06-22

Loved it

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

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  • Don-OKC
  • 17-06-22

I highly recommend

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

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  • Stephanie Hoskins
  • 19-06-22

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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  • Zachary Howard Azeez
  • 16-06-22

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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  • 16-06-22

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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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  • Joanne Louise Meeks
  • 16-06-22

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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  • Meilin
  • 27-06-22

Thought provoking

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

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  • Robert
  • 27-06-22

One of the most powerful books I have listened too

Just listen to it, all of it! Zeihan has been spot on with his predictions and base calculations, it’s simple math.