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Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade

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This is a fresh analysis of the growing rivalry between China, India, and Japanwhat it will mean for America, the global economy, and the world to come. It is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to understand Asia's swiftly changing political and economic scene.

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Published November 19th 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Written in 2008, this is Emmott's evaluations of China, Japan and India and his predictions for their future. It was interesting to read this 8 years later especially in light of China's building of entire islands in the disputed sea, Japan's fear of nuclear power in the wake of Fukushima. His predictions are not completely wrong, but not as rosy or as dire as he assumed. And Ossama was found and killed in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Why I started this book: This are my current stomping grou
An illuminating book regarding the cultural nuances between Japan, China, and India on which I was only mildly informed. I am a bit disappointed that the author chose to exclude Australia at the beginning of this book and the author didn't mention Russia in any meaningful way at all, despite the landmass of Russia extending to the Pacific Ocean and a vast amount of its territory has more in common with its Asian neighbors than its European western hemisphere comrades.

It is nice to look back at t
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of the history of the 21st century will focus on Asia and Bill Emmott, former editor of the Economist, has written a primer for Westerners. In Rivals, he describes a continent with three big powers, China, India and Japan, that will be essential to the economy of the 21st century, and may well come to blows.

The addition of Japan is interesting itself as that country is nearly absent from most discussions of world power. Many commentators would be more likely to point to Russia, China and In
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Massively informative and easily readable book on China, India and Japan, their economic and domestic situations and likely steps in the next few years and decades. Basically like reading a years worth of The Economist in one go (author was Editor in Chief of the Economist for 13 years). Bill Emmott should rightly replace Thomas Friedman and his simplistic "the World is Flat" - who's topics are the same but Emmott's depth of analysis and insight is leagues beyond Friedman and other similar popul ...more
Jul 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Economist style analysis by a former editor. Interesting collection of insights and information on a fascinating subject, but the analysis is a little light and written with the know it all confidence that The Economist is famous for. The final conclusions are interesting however and one could only wish that the author had applied his knowledge, intelligence and insights into writing a more rigorous and analytical book and not another piece of journalism. It reads like the author just le ...more
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Emmott, a former editor of the London Economist, predicted the waning of Japan's economic miracle (The Sun also sets)when most viewed Japan's superpower status as assured. In 'Rivals' he tackles the the rise of Asia and the rivalry between the big three: China, Japan and (also ran) India.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seems a timely book, describing China and India as two growing economies that will impact climate change, environmental balance and resource use. These two emerging superpowers, the author proposes, will also challnge Western assumptions of power, wealth, and privilege. Adding a third strong Asian nation, Japan, provides the reader a comprehensive view of Asia for the next 30 years.

The author leads the reader through a very thorough exploration of how different each country is, with India's
Michael Griswold
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Rivals, Bill Emmott does a good job of balancing a hard hitting analysis of the problems facing the three major Asian powers China, India, and Japan while balancing out the Western fear that Asia will become an absolute power. Emmott's analysis states quite simply that yes Asia as a continent is rising and will grow more powerful over the coming decades to the potential detriment of Western leaders who do not step out and meet the challenges of a changing world order. Still Asia is not a unst ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, reasonably unbiased book which is full of historic linkages and factual presentations of three of the most important nations. It is not easy to talk about three as different as Japan, India and China and it is not easy to even cover even one of them in the most rudimentary fashion in one book, but the author manages his task well while imparting decent insights to experts as well as total neophytes. This is not a book for those looking for theatrics or controversial views. More for th ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were a few interesting insights here, but by and large I felt like virtually any well-done article in "Foreign Affairs" would have within the article all the information needed to understand the situation in totality, and would be more current than this book's treatment. Not wasted time, but not a fully exhaustive work, either.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that draws together the recent histories of the three biggest players in Asia and describes the possible futures that Asia might experience as China, India, and Japan evolve together. Bill Emmott is the former editor and chief of the Economist, and it shows in the quality of observation, synthesis, and readability of this book. Got me started on a non-fiction kick that is yet to end.
It is no fault of the book that it is dated because it was published in 2008. However, the author is projecting what will happen in Asia during the next decade, which we are half through. It does provide lots of history, which is useful. But it is annoying to have his projections into our present.
David Owen
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about Asia's two emerging super-powers and the regional veteran who is making its own case for a strong future. The book offers some valuable insights into some of the historical roadblocks that threaten economic and political stability in the region.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the history of the "superpowers" more interesting than his predictions for the future. Chinese animosity towards Japan, with special regard to the Yasukuni Shrine, was especially enlightening.
Kunal Malhotra
Mostly, it felt like rehashing of the same content that one come across many blogs / editorials.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good reference on how asian economies and countries are shaping
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Awkwardly written at time, but nice economic, historical, and political overview with an eye to future potential developments.
Jan 08, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weavre by: browsing OFL's shelves online
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The information in the book was excellent the author had some good thoughts. However it was too dry and boring and I had a hard time staying interested in it.
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A good overview of the trends shaping these countries and what it means for the 21st century, nice to have all this information in one place, but no new or really groundbreaking insights.
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