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The End of the World Is Just the Beginning

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In this eye-opening, counterintutitive book, economics guru and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan predicts the coming breakdown of globalization and identifies who will benefit and who will lose.

The Covid pandemic has been an eye-opening wake-up call for American business and consumers. Shutdowns worldwide disrupted production chains, leading to shortages across industries and higher costs. Now, America is withdrawing from the world. The old agreements and status quos are crumbling. The breakdown of globalization has accelerated, and it’s never coming back. In The End of the World is Just the Beginning, Peter Zeihan offers provocative and surprising arguments about this new reality and how it will shake up world trade.

Isolationism and realism are becoming the dominant values of a previously interconnected world, Zeihan contends, forcing us to reevaluate the logic that has motivated international relations and global trade for more than a generation. Drawing on deep geographical knowledge and political history, he provides sharp analysis of the current crisis and forecasts what will happen in the next twenty years.

We’re headed to decades of shortages, modern pirates attacking transport ships, local manufacturing increasing in fits and starts, and multiplying conflicts over scarce resources and available products. Economies that have cheap labor, PhDs, and plentiful natural resources will thrive—nations like the United States, France, and South Korea—but much of the world is headed for serious trouble.

Sharp, compelling, and informative, The End of the World is Just the Beginning will change how you think about globalization. Zeihan’s insights are essential reading for political and business leaders hoping to navigate this emerging brave new world and for all of us struggling to understand—and prepare—for what comes next.

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Peter Zeihan

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Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist and the founder of the consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics. His clients include energy corporations, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities, and the U.S. military. He is the author of The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. He lives in Colorado.