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

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A groundbreaking look at a new social-political model on the rise

John and Doris Naisbitt, longtime China observers, provide an in-depth study of the fundamental changes in China's social, political, and economic life, and their impact on the West.

With extraordinary access, and using the same techniques behind John Naisbitt's international bestseller Megatrends, the Naisbit...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by HarperBusiness (first published October 1st 2009)
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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...more
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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...more
Graham Mulligan
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...more
Don Weidinger
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...more
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'...more
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.
Tom Vogt
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.
Mostly echoing the Chinese government, which is no surprise considering author's close relationship with it and his stake in China.
Harald Katzenschläger
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.
Jan 04, 2012 Christina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cocktail Party Statement: "A spoonful of sugar helps the communism go down".
Qing Wang
vertical-democracy, sounds plausible or just a make-believe?
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Good but Too Generous 1 2 Sep 29, 2010 06:02AM  
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.
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