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Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Kishore Mahbubani



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Allen Lane
05 March 2018
Globalization; Politics & government; Diplomacy; Geopolitics; International economics
The West's centuries-old status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As the new powers - China and India from Asia and others from Africa and Latin America - rise to the top of the world's pecking order, how should the West react? Kishore Mahbubani argues passionately and provocatively that the West can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large, and - paradoxically - that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term. Mahbubani examines the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider's critical eye, and the shocking freshness of his geopolitical analysis will give all Westerners and political thinkers pause for thought.
By:   Kishore Mahbubani
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   217g
ISBN:   9780241312865
ISBN 10:   0241312868
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   05 March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Kishore Mahbubani offers a penetrating analysis of the West's predicament. His optimistic view is a welcome antidote to so much prevailing wisdom. It deserves to be widely read and debated -- Lawrence H. Summers, former Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank As Asia steadily advances to the centre of the world's stage, has the West properly noticed that huge change? Can it amend itself intelligently, and without as simple knee-jerk reaction? Can the United States in particular come to grips with global transformations? These questions are at the center of Kishore Mahbubani's pointed and provocative new discourse, based upon his long acquaintance with both East and West. It's a powerful, disputatious book, and provides much meat for all readers who will want to dispute it. It's not comfortable reading, and it wasn't meant to be -- Paul Kennedy, author of 'The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers' Kishore Mahbubani's depiction of Western thought leaders as not willing to read the writing on the wall reminds me of the confident mandarins of late Qing China who dismissed the possibility of a world emerging that could challenge their superior system. His call for action suggests that, if the West takes heed, they could escape the Qing mandarins' fate -- Wang Gungwu, Professor, National University of Singapore

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