Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, Sheryl Wudunn
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors of China Wakescomes 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.
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Reading about the unfortunate people in the village Badui, China is worth the price of the book. One's mind sobs at the assistance not provided to these poor people by anyone, not the billionaires the world over or by companionless mother China, herself. These sad examples are contrasted with a hopefulness in many instances at the supreme cost in self-sacrificing and heroic life choices made by others equally underprivileged. An Asian 'Tobacco Road.' The book makes American welfare concepts of need laughable. Asians are seen turning to family for meager assistance, and never to government. Despite the cynicism one has for ubiquitious U. S. humanitary aide organizations advertising in the U. S., the reader is stunned learning one dollar can be the difference between food or hunger, education or illiteracy, indeed, life or death. Politically correct American readers will never think of foreign sweat shops the same again. The authors present a view of Asia I had never learned. They anticipate throughout the book great things from this lowliness for future Asia while painting a picture of an Asian 'boiling pot' different from the promise of America's 'metling pot.' Asia is shown as a roiling society of grandeur, simplicity, intelligence, danger, hope, sadness, energy, determination with potential for greatness unlike any other in history. Juxtapositioned against 'The China Threat' and the recent Chinese and American aircraft collision, there is a feeling of urgency reading 'Thunder from the East.' This book should be read to every American high school student.