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Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia

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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 regulat
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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Thurston Hunger
First thanks to my co-worker Dan for recommending this book. It's an interesting blend of folksy travelog meshed with a magazine style essay on various aspects of Asian economies. I think that makes it quite unique right there, but also the book is delivered tag-team style by a husband and wife (not sure why this Goodreads' entry denies her credit?). I'm trying to remember if he was the one who was more a features writer and she was the more clinicallly observant, or vice versa. I read this a fe ...more
I had to read this for a Political Science class, so I was already predisposed to it. However, it turned out to be one of the best books I ever was forced to read. The authors' intimate knowledge of Eastern Asia, as well as their accurate insight into how Asia will perform in the future helps to put the eastern hemisphere into closer focus in the ever shrinking world.
I like how Kristof and WuDunn write about so much of Asia, and alternate writing a chapter each. They cover topics such as the 1997 financial crisis, business, economics, social norms, politics, environment, discrimination against women and nationalism while showing the development and growth that have occurred in the region.
Rich Pisarra
Great book, it combines history, current events (at the time), and personal stories that will make people who think about what happens between countries think about the people and remind those who focus on individuals to think about what happens to the country.
Renee Martin
This is good primer on SE Asia, representing research through the 1990s. It contains the roots of their subsequent work _Half the Sky_.
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Nicholas Donabet Kristof is an American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. He has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since November 2001 and is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, such as human trafficking and the Darfur conflict. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 150 countries ...more
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