One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind
The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.
But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious nations, former empires eager to assert power and influence. Lévy shows how these five nations -- Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and the Sunni Arab world -- are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.
The Empire and the Five Kings is a cri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if it -- and its values -- are to survive.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: On Dove's Feet, the Kurds
PART ONE: THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE EMPIRE
1. Hegel's Ghost
2. How the Word Came to America
3. Lest I Forget You, Jerusalem, Aeneas, Virgil
4. Jeremy Bentham and the Web
5. Thus Spake the Empire of the Eye and of Nothingness
PART TWO: FIVE KINGDOMS ON THE OFFENSIVE
6. The Earth Shook in Kurdistan
7. Herodotus's Trap
8. Dante, Abraham, and the War of the Five Kings
9. The Brown Wave
10. The Specters' Ball
Epilogue: Where Does the Sea Go at Ebb Tide?
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Agree with him or not the book is a highly entertaining read, a touching tribute to the Kurds, and his personal story and worries for the future. A must read book.
It is mostly cherry picking event to make long winded points