This short book offers a concise, comprehensive survey of political, economic and social opportunities and challenges in Asia. Michael Backman does a solid job of aggregating information about the most important countries in this vast region, especially information that challenges conventional wisdom. At a time when numerous books prophesy China’s unstoppable ascent, getAbstract recommends this refreshingly frank look at an alternative future – a future of problems in China so daunting as to seem almost insoluble. Asia’s future, it seems, will be at least as complex and difficult as its past.
About the Author
Michael Backman, a columnist for The Age in Melbourne, also wrote Asian Eclipse: Exposing the Dark Side of Business in Asia, named by the Economist as one of 2008’s best nonfiction books.