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By Elton on 06-09-07
When you write a book like this you have to be cautious. It is easy to get too detailed, but you have to do a lot of heavy theoretical, historical, and cultural lifting. After about the first thirty minutes I was left with the impression that the author either didn't do the requisite research or was simply writing from his own myopic view point. This will never cut mustard in the academic word and I am not sure how it got through as a popular read, perhaps the title.
The main issue I have is the idea that the author lacks a complete understanding of evolutionary processes involved in economic growth and political development. He assumes that because China's growth is focused on the east coast sea trade that the interior of the country, where most of the peasant farmers are located, that the growth will not stretch westward. He doesn't seem to take into account that as economic development improves that the infrastructure on the interior will necessarily improve thus spreading growth and quickening communication and the transport of ideas. The concept is much too much to try and explain in this review, but, like this book, the tip of the iceberg has been offered in a nearly useless over simplification.
Note to the narrator, if you are going to say Chinese words and names at least pronounce them properly.
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