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 created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.

But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious powers, former empires eager to assert their primacy and influence. Lévy shows how these five—Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism—are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.

The Empire and the Five Kings is a cri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if its principles and values are to survive.

Title:The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World
ISBN:9781250203014

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

  • Mbogo J

    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,...

  • Dean

    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 th...

  • Alex Abboud

    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 ...

  • Frederick

    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 Lévy when he toured the US i...

  • Joe

    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 fo...

  • Jonathan

    Excellent book on the state we reached today....

  • Arthur Sperry

    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 ...

  • Bettie?

    As seen on Bill Maher...

  • Dan Graser

    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 phi...

  • Nawar Kassomeh

    It is a very weak book with extremely shaky arguments! Poor references and data to say the least!Our "philosopher" BH. Lévy said in the first chapter of this book: "....the Kurds put their faith in d...