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Jacques' book's lucid prose and textbook explanations of global economic trends is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the rise of East Asia. Jacques focuses on China as he analyzes the rise of East Asia and the competing modernities of the 21st century.
Scott Peterson's narration is sped up and edited, which compresses the content for a faster listen. I enjoyed this. What I did not enjoy, however, is that Peterson made ZERO EFFORT to PRONOUNCE CHINESE, making most words unrecognizable. It would have taken Peterson maybe an extra hour of work to learn the fundamentals of pronunciation as Simon Vance did for his narration of Lost on Planet China. Peteron's lazy, ambiguous pronunciation will be extremely frustrating for anyone with even a cursory knowledge of China.
5 stars for solid content. 2 stars for sub-par narration and lazy pronunciation.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I doubt I could be as even handed as this book. It really made me stop to consider the inevitability of China's rise to the top and how our acceptance of this or not will well determine our fate as Americans. Falling to second is never pleasant but it will happen and sooner than we think.
Will it be a soft landing or hard fall? Depends on whether can accept what is going to happen with grace.
Painful but very, very well expressed. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A book-length essay, arguing a very strong thesis. Undermined unfortunately by the robotic and bored narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Thank goodness for audio books as I would not have read past the first chapter of this book. I was expecting the author to look at current events and the power shift in the world today but instead I got a turgid one sided history lesson which looked like it had been written by the Chinese elite. It seemed to suggest that because China once great in the past its destined to be great again. Its packed with figures and dates and a lot of other useless information that only academics could need. The author loads so much praise upon the Chinese that im amazed he is not a citizen, the only negative point the author could find to mention about the Chinese was that they are slighty racist. I doubt you will gain any real joy from reading this book and it certainly will not tell you anything about Chinas future, it will though inform you some of its past.
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