Top positive review
Extremely thought provoking but weak storytelling
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2017
From a strategic analysis standpoint, this is a great book. Extremely well researched and thought provoking, it makes Americans question how long our dominance on the world stage can last and what we might need to change in order to prevent a scenario like the one in the book from happening. From a storytelling standpoint, this book is written in the style of the Game of Thrones books - each chapter rotates between characters, and at first you don't really know what is going on until the many plotlines start to come together. However, it is far too short of a book for this approach to be truly effective. Many characters/plotlines are introduced but then forgotten or wrapped up haphazardly. Another frustrating similarity this book shares with Game of Thrones is a knack for ending a chapter right as something intense is about to happen. You only find out about how such events unfolded in passing in later chapters, if the event is explicitly mentioned again at all. But the value of the book is in the vulnerabilities and possibilities we face as a nation in the 21st century, so I still thought it was a great book overall.