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Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia Paperback – October 9, 2001
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There's nothing superficial about their reporting--it probes deep and isn't afraid to draw large lessons. Kristof, for example, discusses how China and India's historic insularity have kept those two countries from achieving all they might--cases of "imperial understretch," he calls them, in a nice phrase--and suggests the United States may be entering a similar period. Thunder from the East sparkles with this kind of analysis: provocative, debatable, and worth thinking over. Its riches aren't apparent from a cursory examination, but only through a page-by-page reading. Those who make the effort will be glad they took the time. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found some of the early history of the region especially fascinating having never been exposed to that before. Like the authors, I spent time afterward thinking about what might have been had China not destroyed its 15th century navy. It is a useful counterpoint to the common argument that the triumph of the West over the past several centuries was inevitable.
The book also provides many good insights into Asia's potential for the future. I was also impressed that the authors seemed very cognizant of the limits of their predictive powers and often pointed the wide variety of things that could happen to change their overall outlook. I would recommend this book for all but the most serious scholars of Asia.
There are a few problems with the book, which can take something away from its enjoyability. First, there is a tremendous amount of editorializing. The authors may have felt this was necessary to tie together the disjunctive stories and histories they discuss, but I have a firm belief that the intelligence of the reader and the topic-as-chapter format would have made a much better tie than so much author opinion. That excessive editorializing and the overuse of "the upshot is" to explain things to the reader detracts from the maturity of the writing style. Additionally, the writers obviously consider themselves much more well-versed in Asia-related topics than most Americans. This is fine, but at certain points in the book the reader can't help but think that the authors mistake Americans for idiots. They assert, for example, that most people think of pastoral rice-paddy scenes, and not urban overcrowding, when they think of Asia. Who thinks that? I don't know anyone who doesn't tie overpopulation with India and China!Read more ›
Anyone who aspiring to "think globally and act locally" needs to read this book. Opponents of globalization are especially advised to read this book -- the world looks a lot different on the ground in parts of Asia than it does from the comfort of a North American or Western European armchair. High-minded ideals can cause a lot of real damage to the poorest of the poor, to those in most need of help.
This is one of the most fascinating books that I have ever read. It exemplifies Asian attributes, beliefs and character strengths through anecdotal experiences with common people, most of whom live in wretched conditions. It serves as an poignant eye-opener on how the will to survive allows people to overcome and face the greatest of adversity.
It also correlates the above mentioned values with an economic perspective and details reasons why the Asian Miracle is far from being over.
Tremendously enlightening and insightful, it is must read for every global manager
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This book is written by a husband and wife team. They have traveled extensively through Asia. The book partially features their experiences in their travels, and partially analyzes... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Rauol Pifkey III
I read this book during a trip through Seoul and Tokyo and I found it to be a wonderful companion for my first journey through Asia. Read morePublished on April 7, 2007 by Daniel Greene
A visiting Kong University Lecturer,and Hong Kong resident, I regret not reading this book prior to the great experience my husband were enjoying at the time. Read morePublished on October 4, 2005 by Suzanne Foglesong
MY FAVOURITE! Really. If you want to know something about Asia, read it! I read about 8 books about Asia, and lots of articles in Newspapers, and this book finally made sense of... Read morePublished on September 29, 2005 by Milton Noses
I bought this book because I have already read their previous book, "China wakes". I was delighted once again by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Read morePublished on April 1, 2005 by Angel A. Gonzalez
I think the authors have gone overboard in their rosy opinions. But I do recommend this book highly because they did their homework by interviewing lots of people on the ground in... Read morePublished on March 15, 2003 by Bibliophile