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Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century

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Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century

Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century
By Zbigniew Brzezinski
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993, 240 pp. $21.00 Purchase

As in The Grand Failure, his recent survey of the reasons for the collapse of communism, Zbigniew Brzezinski uses Out of Control to analyze current political thinking and give the reader a dependable and sober view of the crises to come: the problems of American hegemony, the potential rise of Japan as a diplomatic giant, the problems of moral and spiritual decline in the West. Read as a moderate-conservative survey, Out of Control is useful enough, yet it lacks the specificity of The Grand Failure and the comprehensiveness of that other Cassandra, historian Paul Kennedy; Out of Control is neither original nor graceful in its discussion of the more spiritual dimensions of the century to come. While Brzezinski's fear of a Western world grown fat and indulgent is clear enough, it is hard to discern what he is up to with this, other than a very stern, and very familiar, sermon.

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In This Review

Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century

Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the 21st Century
By Zbigniew Brzezinski
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993, 240 pp. $21.00 Purchase

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