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Why China Will Never Rule the World by Troy Parfitt
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Nov 13, 2011

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Although I have given this book three stars, it's because I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Troy Parfitt writes about Chinese culture with obvious understanding and I share some of his views about how well any Westerner can feel comfortable when surrounded by the practices supposedly based on Confucianism. That said, I feel the tenor of the book lacks balance. If you are going to discuss history and suggest how this might predispose a country to succeed or fail, I think you owe it to your readers to present arguments leading to a reasoned conclusion. The majority of this book's discussions are coloured by assertion and opinion with little or no analysis. This is not necessarily to disagree with any of the book;s conclusions but simply to explain why I find the book only marginally in the "good" rather than "OK" zone.

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