Summary of Thunder from the East

Portrait of a Rising Asia

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Thunder from the East book summary
Asia sits poised to wrest economic and military power from the West in the coming decades. May not take that long.


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7 Applicability

8 Innovation

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for The New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn spent 14 years covering Asia. Their talent, insight and experience shine in this informative, provocative look at the region’s economic rise and diverse cultures. The authors brilliantly weave economic, political and historical data into chapters that tell the stories of the struggles and triumphs of ordinary people from all walks of life. From their understanding of Asian economies to their perceptions about the ambitions, emotions and determination that shape individual lives, the authors create a verbal photo album of Asian culture. getAbstract highly recommends this beautifully written page-turner to all readers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What assets fuel Asia’s rise and which problems still hold it back
  • How the concepts of chi ku, gaman and shame still shape Asian society
  • Why the Asian economic crisis had some positive impact
  • How many of the world’s people and how much of the world’s money is already in Asia


Asia’s Sun Rises
Asia is getting ready to take back the position it lost 500 years ago as the globe’s dominant region. China may soon surpass the U.S. as the planet’s biggest economy. India is finally stirring from a long nap, and Japan is developing technological products that millions...
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About the Authors

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who are married, shared a Pulitzer Prize in l990 for their coverage for The New York Times of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China and its suppression. They are the authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Kristof has served as paper’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. WuDunn was a New York Times correspondent in Beijing and Tokyo, and specializes in business journalism. Both still work for the newspaper and live in New York City.

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