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He positions five rising powers the five kings in the title of russia china turkey iran and sunni radical islam as challenging the american empire increasingly the detached leader of the west the west of which america is and was the champion is quickly becoming an empire of nothing of nihilism squared and a cavalcade of kitsch one wonders if bhl has been to mar a lago. 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 trumps presidency and is not likely to end with him. The empire and the five kings is an exceptional book or rather bernard henri levy has an exceptional voice combining equal parts intelligence and poetry levys writing is evocative almost rousing and pulls from an enormous breadth of intellectual tradition. Get this from a library the empire and the five kings americas abdication and the fate of the world bernard henri lvy steven b kennedy 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 . The empire and the five kings is that rare book that few write anymore and few even know how to it is the product of a truly literate mind of the sort that has virtually gone extinct in this postliterate digital age robert d kaplan author of the return of marco polos world war strategy and american interests in the twenty first century