Us vs. Them by Ian Bremmer

Us vs. Them

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead...a lucid, provocative book." --Kirkus Reviews Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to universally embraced liberal values. The past few years have shattered this fantasy, as those who've paid the price for global...

Details Us vs. Them

TitleUs vs. Them
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Political Science, Economics, Business

Reviews Us vs. Them

  • Matt Schiavenza
    Ian Bremmer's latest book is a breezy tour d'horizon of contemporary global affairs that offers little fresh insight and makes no real argument. The theme, such as there is one, is that populist movements have gained power across the world and that the neoliberal moment that emerged in the '90s is coming to an end. What's next? Bremmer offers a few possibilities but refuses to make any predictions or even state a preference. There was a time when...
  • Myles
    An executive summary of platitudes framed as if they'll blow your mind. If you have functioning eyes and a subscription to the Guardian, you'll be able to spit this shit out in your sleep.
  • Gary Moreau
    Really, a 4.5. The “us/them” division is global in scale and catastrophic in scope. It is already testing our civility, our security, our cultural identity, and our commitment to the ideals of democracy. But you already know that.This is the latest in a growing list of books that seeks to understand why the we/they divide exists without, to its credit, falling into the trap of using the data to simply fan the fires of partisan division. Bremm...
  • Ryan Rommann
    I generally like Bremmer's books (G-Zero, End of the Free Market, J-curve etc) but this book seemed lazy. It didn't seem well thought out nor researched. Very little in Us vs Them will strike you as enlightening, if you've been alive the past 2 years. His other books have a rather novel idea that is well argued. This idea isn't well argued and sure as hell isn't novel. I would have preferred a much deeper analysis of public perceptions on things ...
  • Amanda Hunsberger
    Could've used more detail in certain areas, but overall a good summary of the current state of affairs. Did not go much into possible solutions.
  • David
    Excellent analysis of the political, economic, and cultural problems facing the world. However, Bremmer's solutions slip into Progressive/Socialist cant failing to fully grasp human psychology and the immensity of the problem facing the OECD and emerging nations now and in the near future. As an explanation of the problem, this is a good book but the solutions are socialist idealism...or very nearly this. Worth a look, but not a serious one. Rati...
  • Amy C.
    Ian Bremmer expertly elucidates the shortcomings of globalism in this miniature guide. With the ascension of political polarization occurring in both industrialized and developing countries, a world in which the government ensures egalitarianism rather than tribalism is more imperative than ever, as Bremmer decisively states in this concise analysis of the globe's discrete governments.
  • Eddie Choo
    A summary of developmentsIan Bremmer describes the tendencies that have caused ruptures in the politics of major countries. He takes a politics-first view and describes how trends might affect the politics-society relationship. Provides a good overview of the developments, but not much else.
  • Tom Walsh
    Bremmer knows today’s WorldI’ve always been a follower of Ian Bremmer’s analyses of the state of the world’s governments. Here again he has painted a picture of a Populist plague gradually infecting America, The EU and Eastern Europe. No doubt it will blanket the rest of the developed world if we cannot meet its challenge. Us vs Them tries to explain and empathize with the people Globalization has left behind. His analysis is unbiased and...
  • John DeRosa
    Seems a mere regurgitation of a close reading of newspaper and magazine reporting
  • Victoria
    The Future Will Be HereThought provoking and easy to understand. This made me see through someone else’s eyes. And made me realize I am not alone in my fear, that all of us are feeling our way in the dark. The future is coming, what it is and how we live in it. That’s the question.
  • Ivank
    Ian Bremmer remains a strong story-teller, doing what he's always done best - expressing crystal-clear concepts and thoughts, and presenting International Relations for non-specialists.Yet the book is short, covers a billion ideas very superficially, and is some weird combination of examples from the last 18 months. Basically, if you've been reading any newspapers in the last 1-2 years, you're unlikely to hear any particularly deep new analysis.U...
  • Burt Schoeppe
    Terrible. Really, really bad.Didn't get what the purpose of this book was. Instead of dismissing populism, perhaps a real attempt at understanding why it is becoming more prevalent in the world. Instead of dismissing Donald Trump, perhaps an acknowledgment of why he succeeded. It's as if Bremmer considers himself a coastal elite. Don't you have to be successful to be elite?This book perfectly summarizes the pomposity of Goodreads reviews. The mor...
  • Jed
    Telling it like it is & likely to be Bremmer is a perception observer and analyst.Ian Bremmer:"No one voted for Donald Trump because he believed the United States was growing more secure and more prosperous. In a country where working-age men without jobs outnumber those with jobs by three to one and half of unemployed men take daily pain medication, a lot of people want “change.”1 It’s hard to imagine what sort of future Americans can expe...
  • William J Neville
    Ian Brenner presents a wake-up call to global governmentsGreat amount of statistical background behind this book. the author paints a somewhat grim picture of what's to come for many counties if their governments don't update their social contract with their own citizens. But, he also offers solutions by sharing success stories with forward looking countries whose governments show willingness to change in the face of economic, social and educatio...
  • James Bingham
    This is an interesting book, but it reads more like an extended recap than any sort of in-depth analysis. There are a few summaries of problems being faced by specific countries around the world, which I found helpful, and a longer summary of why Bremmer thinks globalism has failed. But I found the book to be kind of pessimistic (which, maybe, it should be), and lacking in proposed solutions beyond very top-level "countries should invest in infra...
  • Joshua Shumate
    I like Bremmer, but this book offers limited original content and does little more than restate the problems produced by globalism that you have likely already encountered. No real solutions. No unique insight. It reads like a book-length The Atlantic article and not like the research of a respected political scientist. It is as if he wrote half a book; leaving out the research used to back his framing of the problem or the desired responses. It ...
  • High Plains Library District
    While the title of this book presents a view of the possible causes of growing anxiety (fear) in the U. S. and other countries, the author has narrowed by circumstance a cause, namely change. Influences such as increasing rates of immigration in certain countries have forced first world nations into prioritizing funds to help refugees. This of course leads to resentment, with one group blaming and acting against the few. This only leads to more c...
  • Rob Anderson
    Lots of talented and smart writers seem to be rushing out works that analyze the alarming state of the world today. In so doing, they are giving us what seem to be short and rather basic “primers” on the madness of current U.S. and global politics, and this book is exactly that. It’s well-organized and spot on, but I’m not sure it adds anything new to the conversation. I get the urgency and the need, but I’ll be waiting for the longer, ...
  • Thehounddawg
    Very interesting book with a wealth of information but based on an anti-globalism outlook that begins with conclusions and searches for rationale. While there is much to learn here about our country and a dozen selected countries around the world, I believe the author makes various assumptions based on his personal beliefs and not necessarily based on the observations and facts that he provides. Read with an open mind, absorb the information, but...
  • Mark
    Prepare to be blugeoned with bad news. This is a "no we can't" book. An "everything is terrible" book in the tradition of Chomsky or Klein. Ok, maybe a "sure, some things are actually great, BUT" book.There's room for a survey of everything going wrong in the world today, but, personal preference, I'll take the positivist approach of a Sachs over the pessimist approach demonstrated in Us vs. Them.
  • Lindie
    Just turn your house keys over and role up in a ball and just die. I don't think there was one chapter that didn't hate on Trump and the people that voted for him. Ian Bremmer paints a dark future for us all. I gave them 3 stars because I think he expresses what and how the left thinks and this is always good to know.
  • David Medders
    An interesting and less than impressive read about the mostly negative impact of globalism for various nations around the world. Opinionated and slippery use of data, but includes some insightful observations of the "unintended" consequences of the growing interconnectedness of our global economy.
  • Stephen
    Not the feel good book of the summer. Bremmer finds fault in the current state of affairs, as well as in the future of, many countries including Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Russia, and India. After doing this he implies that reliance on private corporations are a big part of the solution. I'm not convinced.
  • Andy Dale
    This book did a good job of detailing where the current political climate in the u.s.a. and worldwide came from. He links it to globalization which has benefited some areas & countries while hurting others. He doesn't give any good solutions the problems though.
  • Ietrio
    Globalism. Capitalism. It is amusing to see Bremmer fluctuate from considering each -ism an anthropomorphic entity with a will of its own to making each -ism some sort of label of a greater conspiracy. Sadly, the text gets boring quickly.
  • Stephanie
    A must read! Bremmer is no Trump apologist --- in fact, he's no fan. In the least. But he perfectly outlines Trump's rise to power - the how and why. Establishment morons (on both sides of the isle) would be smart to read up.
  • Bill
    Nothing interesting here. N-2 chapters about how pissed off people are, 1 chapter of vague ideas for improvement (pretty much all in the "you've heard this before" category), and a conclusion. Bremmer could have said all this in a ten page article.
  • Logan McNiece
    Somehow more depressing that Chua's take on globalization. Enjoyable read.