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China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by HarperBusiness (first published October 1st 2009)
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Patrick
Sep 29, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it
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Graham Mulligan
Nov 21, 2012 Graham Mulligan rated it it was ok
China’s Megatrends, The 8 Pillars of a New Society
John and Doris Naisbitt
Harper Collins, 2010

Opinions about this book fall into two very separate categories, those who see in it an explanation of how China has achieved such great change in a short time, and those who see it as merely propaganda for the government.

Here is are the Chapter titles:
Emancipating the Mind
Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up
Framing the Forest and Letting the Trees Grow
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones
Artistic and Int
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E
May 25, 2010 E rated it it was amazing
Positive viewpoint on how far China has travelled

Futurist John Naisbitt was never one for understatement, and that holds true with this sweeping book on China. His early works broke ground and brought provocative ideas to light. This book, written with his wife, Doris Naisbitt, is less revolutionary. With warm enthusiasm, the authors present a comprehensive, generous compilation of eight major forces shaping China. They explain China’s politics simply and straightforwardly, with a generous dose
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Matthew
Mar 05, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
This was just an OK book; the insights into the Chinese "megatrends" were not that impressive, and the book overall was fairly repetitive and said a lot of things I've heard before many times.

What was interesting, though, was the highly positive westerner's view of China's progress. Naisbitt has spent a lot of time in China over the past several decades, and also has a lot of knowledge of business and economics in the west. So John Naisbitt is hardly a naive babe in the woods. But he has a high
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Don Weidinger
Dec 22, 2012 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it
Facts and no framing, inside out view, 8 pillars are liberate people and build on trust, top down and bottom up vertical democracy, frame forrest let trees grow, crossing river by feeling stones, artistic and intellectuals, joining the world, freedom and fairness, innovation. Promotional for sure, the arrows to the boat story, singular party is less confrontational and less competitive and innovative (friction can refine and perfect). Self confidence for effective self assessment. Character is r ...more
Preston Page
Very interesting learning about the up and coming world power. I keep thinking John Nesbitt seems to be leaving out much criticism and speaks only very favorably, no one does it right all the time. What does this mean about what he is saying?

There is lots of good information about the modern China, but I was disappointed in the lack of facts.

You should read this because all Americans need to know more about China, Megatrends is only a beginning. I hope to get to read a book mentioned several ti
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Dobbstopper
Jun 19, 2012 Dobbstopper rated it liked it
Covers a lot of bases on China's growth and future plans, and has a lot of little-known facts about different individuals, companies, and groups that became successful in China's opening up process. It was a little TOO positive, however, and just when I thought the authors were going to address some of the issues China will need to work on to maintain sustainable growth, they turned it into an opportunity to talk about history between Tibet, Taiwan, and Tiananmen.

China's Megatrends probably won'
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Phil
Apr 18, 2010 Phil rated it really liked it
Shelves: china, business
Interesting observations on the social and political changes in China today, but not groundbreaking as his Megatrends was. Nether academic nor fluffy, the book is just a bit too "friendly" to the Chinese political machine, continually trying to justify it. Naisbitt and his wife/coauthor, have, however identified what has chaged China into the superpower that it's becomming.

A good read if you're into Chinese politics and economics.
Waode Heni
Jan 17, 2015 Waode Heni rated it it was amazing
Apa yang muncul di benak Anda ketika mendengar "Cina"? Panda? Film terbaru dari novel Asma Nadia? Atau komunis? Sebelum membaca buku ini, kepala saya sempat terjangkit beberapa dogma negatif tentang Cina karena paradigma saya adalah dari luar yang melihat ke Cina. Tapi buku ini mampu memperlihatkan bagaimana kah Cina jika dilihat dari dalam Cina itu sendiri. Selamat menyeimbangkan opini. High recommended one! :)
Tom Vogt
Jun 13, 2012 Tom Vogt rated it really liked it
A very interesting book by John Naisbitt on China. This book provides similar insights into China and the various drivers that will impact it's future as the original Megatrends book about America written in the 70's.
Harald Katzenschläger
Nov 21, 2010 Harald Katzenschläger rated it it was amazing
Must read
John grew up in the US
Lived in Europe and decided to move to China
That explains more than words are able to.
Alex
May 30, 2011 Alex rated it did not like it
Mostly echoing the Chinese government, which is no surprise considering author's close relationship with it and his stake in China.
Qing Wang
Oct 27, 2011 Qing Wang rated it it was ok
vertical-democracy, sounds plausible or just a make-believe?
Christina
Dec 06, 2011 Christina marked it as to-read
Cocktail Party Statement: "A spoonful of sugar helps the communism go down".
Ian Mchugh
Dec 03, 2015 Ian Mchugh rated it did not like it
This is nothing more than Communist propaganda. The sycophancy and deliberate ignorance is embarrassing.
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After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and after finishing his studies in at Utah, Cornell and Harvard, he worked as an executive in the coporate world, was called to be Assistant Secretary of Education under President Kennedy when he was 34, and worked as Special Assistant for President Johnson. He has witnessed America going throubled times and good times.
He has traveled the world since the late
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