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The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China--and How America Can Win

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From the former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, a balanced and far-seeing analysis of the emerging competition between China and the United States that will dominate twenty-first-century world affairs—an inside account of Beijing’s quest for influence and an explanation of how America can come out on top.

The structure of global politics is shifting rapidly. After de
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Andrew Carr
In the latest edition of good books with terrible titles, the final subtitle "And How America can Win", doesn't appear in the British version of this book.

I'm glad it doesn't as that kind of shlocky title just takes away the credibility from what is otherwise a very sensible, if straight forward reading of the current US-China relationship and regional competition. This is not a book proposing simple solutions, in fact the strength of it is Dyer doesn't attempt to divine an 'iron logic of strat
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Robert
The Contest of the Century––U.S. vs. China by journalist Geoff Dyer is a well-written, interesting book about a somewhat imaginary subject.
As humans, we are given to fallacies. One of our fallacies is to think that the way we conceptualize the world is how the world “is.” That fallacy leads to the tired, smug saying, “Perception is reality.”
Not so within the scope of history. By twisting and turning, many writers on the U.S. and China find ways to link them, sometimes fatally. We read that C
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Scott Laws
A few observations:

The content is less pulpy than the title would suggest.

Because of Geoff Dyer's background as a novelist and literary critic, I felt his writing style was more enjoyable and easily digestible than the typical observer of Sino-US power relations.

Dyer does seem to get below the usual predictions of US decline/Chinese rise and touch on a lot of the meat of real shifts in Sino-US power relations. Each of his chapters could be fleshed out into entire books in themselves. Altogether,
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Richard
A few odd bits of information and facts that I didn't know, other than that a lot of 'regurgitated' stuff. Almost seems like China bashing from a pommey who are well known for their "kindness and generosity" in colonizing 25% of the world population at the turn of the 20th century. If we can't colonize the yanks, then we'll get in bed w/ them philosophy. Bush and Blair are secret lovers...
Tobias
Well-written, subtle account of Asia and the rise of China. Far superior to Robert Kaplan's 'Asia's Cauldron,' which covers some of the same ground. Steers clear of fearmongering and is driven by an interest in the intellectual underpinnings of China's rise.
Giulia
A very interesting and relevant book. Enjoyed reading it, great anecdotes and insight, but 'How America can Win'? Didn't appreciate that. It gave sound advice but that's it.
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