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WORLD ON THE BRINK

How America Can Beat China in the Race for the Twenty-First Century


*NATIONAL BESTSELLER* An essential read to understand the history, geopolitical, military, technological and economic implications and dynamics of Cold War II, the current geopolitical struggle between America and China, and what America's grand strategy for victory in this new conflict should look like.

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World on the Brink:An Essential Blueprint for the Future (National Bestseller)

Dmitri Alperovitch, a national bestselling author and a leading national security expert, who publicly predicted Vladimir Putin's intention to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine months before it took place, lays out the case for why China's Xi Jinping is preparing to conquer Taiwan in the coming years and the dire stakes for America and the whole world if he is not deterred.

In World on the Brink, security expert Alperovitch makes the case that we are already in the midst of Cold War II, with China, and that Taiwan is the perilous strategic flashpoint of this new conflict that risks triggering a devastating war between major nuclear powers in a similar role that West Berlin nearly played during Cold War I.

Laying out the comprehensive strategy to deter war and maintain U.S. place as the world's leading superpower in the face of rising China, Alperovitch breaks down not only the significant weaknesses that can prevent China from surpassing the United States, but also the key policies that will enable America to maintain primacy even as China ramps up its efforts.

As Alperovitch explains, we must play to our strengths and address our weaknesses, using our leverage as the strongest nation on the planet to tactfully navigate the next Cold War. This sharp, timely book is the essential blueprint for doing just that.

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General David Petraeus
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World on the Brink provides an urgent, thought-provoking warning about one of the biggest challenges facing America today – the competition with China – and also provides practical approaches and well-reasoned proposals that will enable the US to maintain its global leadership for the decades ahead. A must read on the most important issue in the world!

General David Petraeus

US Army (Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan; former Director of the CIA; co-author of Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine

Rep. Mike Gallagher
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The stakes of Cold War II could not be greater. Dmitri Alperovitch, one of our nation's foremost experts on technology and national security, has skillfully crafted a gameplan for freedom to once again be the victor. This is a book that needs to be read by all Americans.

Rep. Mike Gallagher

Chairman of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party

Chris Miller
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World on the Brink is a clear-eyed analysis of Cold War II and a game plan for winning it. Dmitri Alperovitch is the ideal guide to this new era of competitive geopolitics, with tech, computing, and semiconductor chips at its core. Drawing lessons from Cold War I and Putin's attack on Ukraine, Alperovitch shows just how dangerous a brink we stand on. Provocative and insightful, this is essential reading for understanding the American-made world order and the threats it faces.

Chris Miller

NYT Bestselling author of Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology

Gillian Tett
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Alperovitch has long been one of the smartest commentators I know on Ukraine and Russia. He warned that Moscow would invade Ukraine long before others and has consistently provided highly prescient observations. Now, however, he turns his sights on China and warns of the swelling risk that it will invade Taiwan in the coming years and spark a crisis in America as a result, unless active measures are taken to contain this danger now. Deeply researched and provocative, this is a powerful call to arms for Washington's policy makers - and a must read for anyone watching global affairs, the 21st century tech sector and international business.

Gillian Tett

Columnist and Editorial Board, Financial Times; Provost, Kings College, Cambridge

James Litinsky
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Dmitri’s personal story and incredible entrepreneurial success is both the embodiment of the American Dream and a perfect vantagepoint to understand the biggest geopolitical challenge we now face—the rivalry of China and its state led economic model. World on The Brink masterfully navigates the present-day issues in critical materials, semiconductors, military and other cutting-edge technologies with insightful historical context and pragmatic solutions. This is the first book to read if you want to understand the geopolitical landscape, what choices must be made and how that will impact all of us.

James Litinsky

Founder, Chairman and CEO of MP Materials, America's only rare-earth mine and processor

The Economist
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A new book offers practical advice about how America can win against China

The Economist

Diplomatic Courier
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In “World on the Brink” Alperovitch delivers a clear–eyed, modernized strategy for confronting China and winning, one that acknowledges hard truths and, hopefully, will capture the attention of Washington policymakers and shape not just the conversation, but also policy itself.

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Washington Examiner
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World on the Brink serves as an alarm bell. It successfully highlights aspects of Sino-American competition that have long been overlooked by policymakers — for example, the significance of rare earth metals and critical minerals. Better still, it does so engagingly, which is no mean feat given the technical and hypothetical and jargon-laden way these discussions usually are written about.

Washington Examiner

CipherBrief
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An important book that stands apart from much of the current writing (and posturing) on China by its lack of hype, a clear exploration of the challenge China poses, and practical and well considered policy options… In the upcoming election, regardless of who wins, there will be changes (perhaps wholesale) in the national security team and whoever those people are – they would do well to spend time reading this book.

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Kirkus Starred Review
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A thorough investigation of America’s top foreign policy challenge. Deeply insightful advice for the coming decades.

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About the Authors

Dmitri Alperovitch

Dmitri Alperovitch

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Dmitri Alperovitch is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized thought leader on geopolitics and national security and co-founder and executive chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a think-tank focused on policy solutions in national security, trade and industrial security, and ecological and economic security.

He is also the co-founder of the leading cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

Alperovitch serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the Department of Homeland Security and as a founding board member of US Government's Cyber Safety Review Board, and has previously served as a special advisor to the Department of Defense. He has been named in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers and MIT Technology Review’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35. He is the host of Silverado's Geopolitics Decanted podcast.

Garrett M. Graff

Garrett M. Graff

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Garrett M. Graff is a journalist and historian who has spent nearly two decades covering politics, technology, and national security. The former editor of POLITICO Magazine and a current contributor to WIRED and CNN, Graff also serves as the founding director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity program. He is the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestseller The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, and most recently Watergate: A New History.

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