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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
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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From the publisher: 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 regulation that had been crippling Asian business for dec
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Vanshika
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book in genre of journalism..Although written almost 18 years back, the narrative still holds true in lot of aspects in relation to Asia..Unlike some of the reviews that I read here for this book,the authors show a level headed mix of good,bad and most importantly- the grey..I thoroughly enjoyed my journey through Asian culture,politics,economy..The subject is far too complex to be covered in one book,but 'Thunder from the East' is a good introduction to Asia. ...more
Sierra Clark
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are officially my favorite authors! (Though to be fair I've had very little exposure to writers journalistic nonfiction.)

Anyway,
PROS
-Uncertainty is constantly reiterated; with every argument the authors warned that their predictions, while educated, could very well be wrong depending on future events. Similarly, they acknowledged many contradictions within Asian economics and current events, making the entire story seem more objective.
-As someone who knows v
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Zoe's Human
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I usually give a book 50 pages before I DNF it, but I just couldn't. For what it's worth, I don't think this is badly written. I just found it utterly boring. I'm not that interested in economics. I was so bored that I tried to talk to strangers on the bus instead of reading.

So if you care about things like GDP, give it a whirl, but it really isn't for me.

DNFed at page 30.

(I would guess that since I'm the only 1-star rating here some 16 years after publication that it is a pretty good book if y
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Audrey Saltarelli
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
this book is written from the point of view that America is obviously the best country in the world and that Asian country will do well if they follow the same ideals and ideologies.
Thurston Hunger
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Andrew Burin
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A basic introduction to the history of Asia (which in itself is a massive venture) and a more detailed look at the causes and consequences of the Asian Economic Crisis of the 90s. Kristof and his wife do a great job of pairing statistics and economic theory with anecdotal evidence of what they are proposing and this is all in all definitely a worthwhile book. The first I've read on Asia so it was very informative for me, but I would imagine it might not be if you are already an expert. ...more
M
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Tom
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Rich Pisarra
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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