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Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles

Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles [Kindle Edition]

Ruchir Sharma
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Mr. Sharma s intent is to help you find the best places around the world to invest, emphasizing that it will take some work on your part.

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International Bestseller

One of Foreign Policy's "21 Books to Read in 2012"

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Business Book

“The best book on global economic trends I’ve read in a while.”—Fareed Zakaria, CNN GPS

To identify the economic stars of the future we should abandon the habit of extrapolating from the recent past and lumping wildly diverse countries together. We need to remember that sustained economic success is a rare phenomenon. After years of rapid growth, the most celebrated emerging markets—Brazil, Russia, India, and China—are about to slow down. Which countries will rise to challenge them? In his best-selling book, writer and investor Ruchir Sharma identifies which countries are most likely to leap ahead and why, drawing insights from time spent on the ground and detailed demographic, political, and economic analysis.

With a new chapter on America’s future economic prospects, Breakout Nations offers a captivating picture of the shifting balance of global economic power among emerging nations and the West.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2328 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393080269
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F7XXKA
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TALKING TURKEY 9 May 2012
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One small consolation for the current economic pantaraxia is that many very helpful, intelligible and readable books on economics are being written and, it even appears, read. Whether or not you agree with me that we the democratic public have an outright duty to try to understand the economic issues we are invited to vote on, there is no denying that we are being given the opportunity. Ruchir Sharma comes with impressive credentials as the head of Emerging Market Equities at Morgan Stanley. That makes him knowledgeable, in addition to which he is a practising journalist, most publicly in Newsweek, and that has made his writing a model of clarity. What this book is about is economic growth. It is not about the question whether such growth is a good idea, although I suppose it is assumed to be some kind of good thing for the most part. Spurts of growth funded with easy money are not commended, but Brazilian-style constipation with growth opportunities neglected and postponed gets the thumbs-down as well. Subject to rational limits like these, the nations that Sharma inspects are assessed by their growth potential. Growth is also never asked to justify itself as an alternative to, say, freedom or social justice, and this approach at least makes for simplicity.

This is not to say that Sharma makes the mistake of trying to view economics in isolation from politics. For me, economics is a form of sociology - the study of how people behave en masse in the financial sphere. I can't foist this view on Sharma, but he says nothing that leads me to change it. Indeed, his political attitudes are a breath of fresh air in that stifling miasma of prejudice. You can see what I mean from the economies that get the best ratings from him. South Korea comes off best, and I suppose that is nothing surprising.
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2.0 out of 5 stars some insights but too short term 4 April 2014
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Some useful insights.

However the analysis of the Chinese situation is not accurate and this is the only one I know a little about and wish to comment on. China's government is in the process of continuing reforms. New road and railway construction can continue as there are 160 cities with a population of one million and over. A comparison with Japan 20 years ago is flawed. Contrary to Japan which is shrinking (population -0.2%), China has still many steps to catch up and its population is still growing (+0.5%) without even taking account of the recent two child policy. There is still a huge under consuming class and in the next ten years another 200-250 million will move from the country to the cities. So, yes, China's growth will naturally slow down as it reaches a larger more mature economy but still growing at a considerable pace. Even 6% would be quite remarkable for an economy that has reached that size.

AS for the rest there are too many obsolete analysis that makes it worthy of a journalistic publication but not of a book. China has abandoned the one child policy; Thailand reverted to a well expected military regime; Turkey is becoming an Islamist dictatorship under Erdogan not worthy of the author's indiscriminate praise (no full disclosure here on the author connection with that country) and India so called democracy is limited to elections with rape becoming an ugly habit condoned by too many politicians. All that was certainly not forecast-ed in this book but not even imagined as a possibility that would disrupt its optimistic or pessimistic options.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every economist should read this 16 Oct 2013
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Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma

The aim of the book.

This book is about the changing World economics and what may happen in the future balance of World trade.
The present situation.

There is so much going on in the World of business and economics at the moment that it is hard to keep up. New economies are emerging and growing while some Western ones are contracting at a rapid rate. At the time of reading this book the USA has huge debt problems and the Obama administration seems hard pressed to control the economy. Here in the UK it's cuts and more cuts. To some this is doom and gloom but read this book will show you how economies ebb and flow like the tide. The book looks at now and develops how the economic World maybe in the future.

Book structure.

Ruchir Sharama takes us on a journey around the World and shows where the smart money may need to go to buck the trend and grow. In the book there are some great insights into what may happen in the future and how the economic world may look in a decade or two.

In our global economy one mans loss is anothers gain and that is what I read from this book. Keep moving rather than fixing to find the new markets and be the first there to capitalise on the new fresh growing economy is the message. Another message woven into the book is wake up and change the way you do business as the World is changing very quickly and will wait for no one. That seems to be pointed at western economies and rightly so.
My overall view of the book.

In my opinion this is a sensible and controlled rather than sensationalist look at what we have now and where we are probably going from an author who has certainly experienced it all first hand. Read and take note is my advice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very surprising. A great read and thoroughly enjoyable. I will definitely be looking out for more work by the same author.
Published 4 months ago by RJW
5.0 out of 5 stars More than economics
I fear the word "economic" in the title might put off a lot of people who would potentially be interested in this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Shine
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal clear economic analysis of emerging economies
Ruchir Sharma’s “Breakout Nations” is engrossing and fascinating for several reasons. Sharma is head of Emerging Market Equities and Global Macro (catchy job title) at Morgan... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ripple
4.0 out of 5 stars An analytical treatise about emerging economies.
I enjoyed this highly readable, easily understandable book that reflects the author knowing his stuff. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jack Chakotay
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Its difficult to exaggerate the quality of this book. Ruchir Sharma searches for the real keys to national development which are often not so obvious or easy to identify. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Breakout Nations
Author, Ruchir Sharma is head of emerging markets at the giant American multinational financial services corporation, Morgan Stanley. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arthur Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
In-depth economical analysis of developing nations with first-hand account of historical trends and future potential. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sonny
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overview
An interesting overview of the breakout nations that could provide the next wave of investment opportunities, as the European sector seems ever more fragile.
Published 13 months ago by George Rodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and Informative.
It was a very well written book - easy to read and gave a concise outlook on where the world is headed economically - very good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. H. MCDERMOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot to take in
This book took me a while to read, probably because there is a lot to take in. It discusses the emerging nations of the world, the countries such as China and why they have been... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim Roast
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