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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375703012
- Publisher: Vintage (February 23, 2001)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2001
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC1KO8
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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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
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In the past I've been skeptical of predictions of Asia's eventual dominance over the West regarding them as nothing more than the over exuberant desires of a few who for ideological reasons wish to undermine the morale of western nations. However, after reading Kritof's and DuWunn's book I've concluded that at the start of the 21st Century many of the us in the West tend to exaggerate our relative importance in the world. As the authors point out, the sheer numbers bear this out given the billions of people living in the region along with spectacularly modern places like Korea, Hong Kong and Japan which serve both as models and laboratories for free market democracy.
Given the vastness, diversity and complexity of Asia, Kristof and DuWunn do a superb job of providing an overview of the region's history, culture and economic challenges and opportunities. I have now become humbled by the potential of this dynamic region to continue to push the boundaries of human progress in the years to come.
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.