After the Fall by Ben Rhodes audiobook

After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made

By Ben Rhodes
Read by Ben Rhodes

Random House Audio
12.82 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593411988

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the author of The World as It Is—travels the globe in a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers. In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spoke with was poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he came to know saw their movement snuffed out, and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance. Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his travels, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape, through our post–Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism and our post-9/11 nationalism and militarism; our mania for technology and social media; and the racism that fueled the backlash to America’s first Black president. At the same time, Rhodes learns from the stories of a diverse set of characters—from Barack Obama himself to Cuban rebels to a rising generation of international leaders—that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong makes clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.

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A New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon bestseller in Democracy

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the author of The World as It Is—travels the globe in a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers. In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spoke with was poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he came to know saw their movement snuffed out, and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance. Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his travels, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape, through our post–Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism and our post-9/11 nationalism and militarism; our mania for technology and social media; and the racism that fueled the backlash to America’s first Black president. At the same time, Rhodes learns from the stories of a diverse set of characters—from Barack Obama himself to Cuban rebels to a rising generation of international leaders—that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong makes clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candor and immediacy…A humane and honorable book.” New York Times Book Review
“Rhodes…gives his impressions of the post-9/11 influence of the United States through its embrace of social media as well as the nation’s dive into nationalism and authoritarianism.” Library Journal
“A stinging, and entirely well-founded, rebuke of a political strain that shows no signs of disappearing. A powerful synthesis of recent world history that should disabuse readers of any notion of American exceptionalism.” Kirkus Reviews
“Insightful, funny, and moving, this is a beautifully observed, essential record of what it was like to be there.” Samantha Power, American diplomat and New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Ben Rhodes

Author Bio: Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The World as It Is and After the Fall. He is co-host of Pod Save the World, a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and an adviser to former president Barack Obama. He has a BA degree from Rice University and an MFA from New York University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 12.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English