Michael Pembroke - Play by the Rules

Wednesday 20 October 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
ZOOM Online
ONLINE TICKET $5.00, Book (Play by the Rules) $29.99
Tickets available until 20 October 2021 4:00 PM

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In Play by the Rules, acclaimed writer and historian Michael Pembroke offers a fresh take on the USA’s vast influence and asks whether it is still a force for good.

ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Michael Pembroke discussing Play by the Rules: The Short Story of America's Leadership: From Hiroshima to COVID-19.

In the heady days after 1945, the authority of the United States was unrivalled. But seventy-five years later, its influence has already diminished. The world has now entered a post-American era – defined by the rise of Asia and the return of China, as much as by the decline of the United States. This book is a short history of that decline; how high standards and treasured principles were ignored; how idealism was replaced by hubris and moral compromise; and how adherence to the rule of law became selective.

Play by the Rules is also a look into the future – a future dominated by greater Asia and China in particular. We are in the midst of the third great power shift in modern history – from Europe to America to Asia. Washington’s failure of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating history.

Michael Pembroke is the author of Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, which was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, and Korea: Where the American Century Began, which was short-listed for the Queensland Literary Awards and the NSW Premier’s History Awards.

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