Living in Russia before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the author compares the super power that failed and the super power that survived -- so far. The author describes the scenario of possible collapse of the US. It is not a pleasant view. His personal view of Russia after the collapse are the details of what life was like behind the headlines. Orlov looks at the United States and sees a population that would be ill prepared economically, emotionally and physically for a similar economic collapse.
Assuming there is a peak oil point, it is the downward side of that slope that is described in the book. The reader may not agree with the author on his scenario or possible adaptations in that event, but the worth of the book is drawing attention to how we live and who we are.
As the author described the world after economic and political collapse, I find that I am prepared for that future as a nomad living in a small home on wheels. Bring it on!