The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

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 creat One of the West?s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America?s withdrawal from world leadersh...

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Title:The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World
Author:Bernard-Henri Lévy
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:1250203015
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World Reviews

  • Frederick
    Apr 09, 2019
    I read this book shortly after its US publication in 2019. The translator was Steven B. Kennedy. The book came out in France in 2018. I first became aware of Bernard-Henri Lvy when he toured the US in Tocqueville's footsteps. His book about that, AMERICAN VERTIGO, was quite prominen...
  • Amanda
    May 27, 2019
    Levy spends a lot of time listing what amounts to be a bibliography of his reasoning, which at times can carry one away from the argument being made instead of developing it. That said, the argument being made here is something truly beautiful. "The Empire & the Five Kings," is an ...
  • Bettie
    Feb 23, 2019
    As seen on Bill Maher ...
  • Michael
    Mar 24, 2019
    A beautifully written, articulate plea for the West (the Empire) to wake up and stand together in the face of the (attempted) rise of the Five Kings: Putin, Erdogan, China, the Saudis, and Iran. Much of Levy's thinking revolves around the general abandonment by Europe and America of ...
  • Tom
    May 29, 2019
    There has been much discussion lately, especially after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency, of the receding role of Western and American influence in the world and Bernard-Henri Lvy's latest book is just one of many forthcoming treatises on this marked chang...
  • Joe
    Mar 25, 2019
    The title of this book gives you the premise of the failure of America to lead the world, instead allowing a vacuum to let the other power players to fill the void. This book was a slight challenge for me, as a great deal of it was a reflection of Greek philosophers, Roman poets, Germa...
  • Dan Graser
    Mar 06, 2019
    This is a complicated time for such a book and a complicated time for the post WW2 world-order that many acknowledge, seems to be fraying. Clearly writing this work for an American audience French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lvy, in very passionate and poetic fashion, tries to make the...
  • Zachery Tyson
    Jul 11, 2019
    A thoughtful meditation on the abdication of global power by the United States and the revanchism of 'five kings' - Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and the Sunni states - to fill the vacuum created. Full of ten dollar words and Gallic disdain, Levy writes beautiful prose with a superior y...
  • Erik
    Apr 30, 2019
    Good as his earlier book on America's place in the world as defender of democracy and peace but lacks, as the other days, any discussion of the biggest security challenge in America and the world today, climate change. ...
  • Murray
    Mar 05, 2019
    A beautiful, and enormously intelligent, rant. The Empire And The Five Kings is an exceptional book. Or rather, Bernard-Henri Levy has an exceptional voice; combining equal parts intelligence and poetry. Levy?s writing is evocative, almost rousing, and pulls from an enormous breadth ...
  • Sandi
    Mar 26, 2019
    This is the authors view of what's happening inthe world his view of the USA decining role in the world ...
  • Thomas Bodenberg
    Apr 05, 2019
    Levy builds his theme on two pillars : the abdication of world leadership by the United States and the abandonment of the Kurdish people by the Syrians and Turks. His chief beliefs are the upholding of "Western values" dating back to classical Greece and the legitimacy of stateless peo...
  • Todd
    Mar 03, 2019
    This book could have easily been compacted to the length of an article in the Atlantic. Instead, we are presented with hundreds of pages of the author trying to immodestly impress upon the reader that the author is, indeed, the most interesting man in the world. Although the book was o...
  • Arthur Sperry
    May 08, 2019
    This is an excellent and timely book from one of my favorite current philosophers and intellectuals. He makes some good and salient points about the state of the world today, and the state of Western Culture. I always enjoy reading him for his wide knowledge and excellent choice of ref...
  • Gonzalo Corvera
    Mar 21, 2019
    Un resumen geopoltico interesante Una apologa del imperio estadounidense en boca de un francs que teme la alternativa. Bastante pesimista aunque al final intenta terminar con una nota un poco ms positiva. ...
  • Kevin
    Jun 30, 2019
    Bogged down too deeply into philosophical rabbit-holes at times, there is plenty of substance to take away ...
  • Nawar Kassomeh
    Feb 22, 2019
    It is a very weak book with extremely shaky arguments! Poor references and data to say the least! Our "philosopher" BH. Lvy said in the first chapter of this book: "....the Kurds put their faith in democracy and law, in equality of women and men even on the field of battle". I am no...
  • Dean
    Feb 18, 2019
    BHL is one of my favorite active practising intellectuals and philosophers. His latest is a great reminder for those of us who believe in American Exceptionalism and a great reminder that others in the world who are at risk do as well. America's abandoning the international fiel...
  • Mbogo J
    Feb 15, 2019
    Bernard is an eclectic writer who quotes freely from the Bible, the Iliad, Hannah Arendt, the Talmud, some writers you've heard of and some you've never heard before. He has also lived a charmed life, filming documentaries in war torn areas over the years while being involved in global...
  • Alan
    Mar 21, 2019
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  • Barry Smirnoff
    Apr 08, 2019
    French philosopher backs the US Empire against its challengers Levy is a French public intellectual who uses his background as a academic to postulate America?s success against its rivals. The American Empire is seen as being continued by Silicon Valley?s control of the New cybe...
  • Cary Hillebrand
    Jun 27, 2019
    Bernard-Henri Levy is surely one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, and certainly most relevant among the contemporary philosophers that France has produced. Unlike many of his colleagues who ply their trade while safely ensconced in their academic ivory towers, BHL has ...
  • Alex Abboud
    Apr 01, 2019
    Interesting and contrarian arguments about the direction of the 21st century. For a short book, it meanders at times, and isn?t always easy to follow. Worth a read and thinking about the author?s argument about the trajectory of the west and the seemingly rising challengers. ...
  • Mario Kfoury
    Feb 21, 2019
    Excellent read on the state of the world today from someone who does not mince his words. Unfortunately, the forces of anti-democracy and obscurantism are numerous, and therefore do not expect more praise than criticism on this masterwork. Hope this awakens some consciousness on the va...
  • Jason Brown
    Feb 25, 2019
    Hats off for this deep and far look into the gloomy picture our world is heading to ...
  • Jonathan
    Feb 25, 2019
    Excellent book on the state we reached today. ...
  • Randy
    Jun 04, 2019
    This has to be the worst book I?ve read in some time, at least the ones I completed. I?ll admit that I stopped reading a few bad ones. My first impression was that the author was trying really hard to impress other intellectuals. But that faade couldn?t hide the fact that the w...
  • Bryan
    Feb 25, 2019
    Excellent reading, very true story ...
  • Helmut Hauser
    Feb 22, 2019
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  • Marks54
    Jun 01, 2019
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Bernard-Henri Levy (BHL) has written a book on geopolitics and the world role of America in the age of Trump. A brief spoiler - BHL does not think much of Trump. He does think a lot of America, however, warts and all, and has written an interest...