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Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asiaby Nicholas D. Kristof
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From two Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondents, a cutting-edge report on Asia and how its people are reshaping the world. Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn bring to their revelatory book all the authority and insight of the fourteen years they spent covering Asia. They depict a continent poised to reassume the role it ceded five hundred years ago as the 'center of the world.' They muster convincing evidence that China may soon overtake the United States as the world's largest economy, that India is awakening from its long hibernation, that Japan is developing future consumer technologies that will benefit millions of people. Kristof and WuDunn tell their story through vivid descriptions of the unforgettable characters they have encountered: the Cambodian girl sold by her parents to a brothel; the bankrupted Thai entrepreneur who starts life anew with a street-vending business; the Japanese veteran haunted by the mother and child he killed in war. Through lives such as these, the authors underscore the pragmatism and perseverance that drive Koreans, Filipinos, Japanese, and their fellow Asians to greater success, to the point that many workers embrace the same sweatshops that horrify Westerners.
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondents with The New York Times offer an incisive and timely study of Asia and the diverse ways in which the continent is reshaping world affairs, tracing the origins and impact of the Asian financial crisis, the growing roles of women in the region, and the region's increasing economic, diplomatic, and military influence. 50,000 first printing.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors of China Wakes comes this insightful and comprehensive look at Asia on the rise.
The recent economic crisis in Asia heaped devastation upon millions. Yet Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn argue that it was the best thing that could have happened to Asia. It destroyed the cronyism, protectionism, and government regulation that had been crippling Asian business for decades, and it left in its wake a vast region of resilient and determined millions poised to wrest economic, diplomatic and military power from the West. Thunder from the East is a riveting look at a complex region, a fascinating panoply of compelling characters, and a prophetic analysis from arguably the West's most informed and intelligent writers on Asia.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, husband and wife, shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage for the New York Times of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China and its suppression. They are the authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Kristof has served as Times bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo; WuDunn was a Times correspondent in Beijing and Tokyo, and has specialized in business journalism. Both now work for the Times in New York City and live nearby with their three children.
Table of Contents
Map of Asia — The Ghost of Asia Past — Search for the Sorcerer — Why We Speak English — Building Empires — Bellyache in Japan — The Blood Baht Spreads — Rebuilding Asia — Brutal Drive — Reinventing Lives — For Shame — A Land Where Robots Roam — Clouds on the Horizon — Prisoners of History — My Country, Right or Wrong — From the Back of the House — The Filthy Earth — Tryst with Destiny.
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