cover image The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline

The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline

Jonathan Tepperman. Crown/Duggan, $28 (320p) ISBN 978-1-101-90298-1

Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, examines global problem solving in this survey of how 10 countries and their respective leaders addressed concerns such as Islamic fundamentalism, inequality, and political corruption. His survey is global, providing an in-depth look at such controversial figures as Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Harry Lee of Singapore, and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. He tells the story of how Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Canada devised an immigration policy that “abandoned ethnicity” in favor of “educational, professional, and technical qualifications.” He explains how Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s welfare program “Bolsa Família” (Family Grant) curbed inequality by providing cash assistance to its recipients. In the United States, he looks at how the fracking industry was developed under President Gerald Ford’s leadership, and how former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tackled post-9/11 security issues. He concludes that the world’s leaders will only solve the biggest problems by putting party alliances and ideology aside. The book is an enjoyable read, even for those less informed about foreign policy. Tepperman’s attempt to provide solutions rather than mere analysis of the problems is noble, even if many readers will disagree with the solutions he puts forward. (Sept.)