Except in America and Asia, Federico Rampini traces his own story of traveler and, above all, of reporter attentive to the dynamics of globalization, to tell us, through his experiences in the "hot" places of modernity, our present, without Forget what our future could be. The journey begins with the great American dream, which the author revisits in an autobiographical key speaking of his youth "initiation" in California of the seventies, the cradle of all revolutions, social and technological, of the great movements of revolt and the digital world, Of the multi-ethnic society but also of conservative experiments that have marked American capitalism. Until the great contraction, which precipited the United States along the china of decadence, the more undeniable after breaking into the global "landscape" of China and other emerging countries. Through the re-enactment of places, characters, atmospheres, Rampini, who lived several years in Beijing, describes a rich civilization of history and culture, but torn from corruption and governed by an authoritarian political power that continues to trample the most elementary human rights . And while the center of the story slips to the East, what is the place of Europe and, in particular, of Italy? What does it mean to live in this age of extraordinary reversal of strength relationships?