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The Wake-Up Call

Why the pandemic has exposed the weakness of the West - and how to fix it

John Micklethwait Adrian Wooldridge



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Short Books Ltd
24 November 2020
An urgent and informed look at the challenges Britain and world governments will face in a post-Covid-19 world.

The Covid crisis has not just highlighted the failures of certain governments, it is accelerating a shift in the balance of power from West to East. After a decade where politics in the US and the UK has been consumed with inward-facing struggles, countries like South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as China, have made extraordinary advances economically, technologically and politically.

In this beautifully crafted essay, Micklethwait and Wooldridge explain how we ended up in this mess and explore the possible routes out. If Western governments respond creatively to the crisis, they will have a chance of reversing decades of decline; if they dither and delay while Asia continues to improve, the prospect of a new Eastern-dominated world order will increase. The big question facing the world is whether the West can rise to the challenge as it has before.
By:   John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge
Imprint:   Short Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   160g
ISBN:   9781780724829
ISBN 10:   1780724829
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   24 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Micklethwait is editor-in-chief of Bloomber g and former editor-in-chief if the Economist; Adrian Wooldridge is the political editor of the Economist and author of its Bagehot column. They have written six previous books together: The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State; Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea; A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization; The Witchdoctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus; The Right Nation: Why America is Different; and God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World.

Reviews for The Wake-Up Call: Why the pandemic has exposed the weakness of the West - and how to fix it

You will read no more interesting book on the political consequences of the pandemic than this * Professor Niall Ferguson * A masterful analysis of Western failure, and a clear program for the future * Anne Applebaum * A devastating new book * Daily Mail * Their diagnosis of the problem is spot on * Spectator * Readable and fascinating * Economist * A shot in the arm... powerful. * Financial Times * 'The Wake-Up Call' offers an executive summary of modern political history studded with sweeping assertions and telling anecdotes. * New York Times * Excellent and convincing -- Jeremy Hunt * Daily Telegraph * The Wake Up Call goes in for bold assertions, which is what makes it so readable...full marks to the authors... two of the sharpest minds around. -- Charles Powell * Times Literary Supplement *

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