- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (24 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610390334
- ISBN-13: 978-1610390330
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Convergence Hardcover – 24 Jan 2013
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"Kishore Mahbubani has done it again. He has written a book that is provocative, engaging, and always intelligent. He brings a crucial perspective to bear on global affairs, rooted in the rise of Asia but with an understanding of Europe and America as well. Rudyard Kipling said, ‘East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.’ But they do in this book."
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General
“In exploring the tensions that arise as our global community draws ever closer together, Kishore Mahbubani provides a compelling reminder that humanity is strongest when we work together for the benefit of all.”
Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and Co-founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics
“While I remain pessimistic for the global economy in the near-term, I share Kishore Mahbubani’s long-term optimism for our world, including the emerging powers like China and India. The world order must now reinvent itself to accommodate these powers. Mahbubani’s timely and brilliant book explains well both the challenges to our global order and the wise solutions that are at hand. We can create a better world. Mahbubani’s book explains how. I strongly commend it.”
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School
“Most of the great errors in foreign policy and diplomacy come from a failure to understand the perspective of other nations. And this is a besetting problem for superpowers like the United States. That is why whether they like it or not, whether they agree or disagree, it so important that Western and especially American policymakers read this important book presenting a perspective on the global trends that is very different from their own.”
Joseph S. Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Power
“Kishore Mahbubani is a thoughtful critic of the West and this book is full of provocations; some right, some wrong, but never boring. Above all, he seeks ways to reconcile the 12 per cent of the world’s population who live in the West with the vast majority who do not. The result is a good and important read.”
Raghuram Rajan, Professor, University of Chicago Booth School
“Few today know Asia as well as Kishore Mahbubani, and even fewer combine it with a deep understanding of the West’s strengths and frailties. In The Great Convergence, Mahbubani offers a balanced but profoundly disturbing analysis of the political challenges that face our modern, increasingly interdependent, world. His proposals on how to fix the outdated system of global governance are both refreshingly novel and eminently practical. A truly stimulating read!”
Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization
"Thought provoking, sharp and full of wisdom as usual, this new book by Kishore Mahbubani not only offers in-depth analysis of world challenges today, but also offered fresh ideas on how to improve global order for the 21st century. A must read for those who are interested in power politics and the future of global governance."
About the Author
Kishore Mahbubani is a writer, professor, and a former Singaporean diplomat who served twice as ambassador to the UN. Currently, he is the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore. A prolific writer, he has published three books and numerous articles in leading global journals and newspapers, like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times. Foreign Policy listed him as one of the top 100 global thinkers in 2005, 2010, and 2011.
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Where Mr Mahbubani starts to feel like "bashing" is for example when he discusses the P5 (permanent members of the UNSC), most wrongdoing by this group is put on the US, whereas China is a P5 member as well. Also in the bribery in the Iraqi "oil for food program", only US companies are listed as examples whereas China got a lot more oil from this program than the US. This is not mentioned as all.
All in all, a very well written and insightful book - even if you don't always agree with him, you're better off understanding this view from Asia on the world's politics!
The packaging was slightly off, in that the front cover was folded on the top and bottom, but overall happy with AMZN's speed as always
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Mr. Mahbubani, however, sounds biased by putting all the blame for the global disorder on the United States without mentioning the failures of developing countries to improve governance; end corruption and improve the state of human rights within their boundaries.
It's a great book for people who are interested in the changing global political and economic landscape and wondering how our world will look like in the next few years in the age of pressing global challenges such as poverty, terrorism and rise of new global powers such China, India and Brazil.
This books questions the plenipotentiary countries to think about being egalitarian. Some of the thought provoking topics are
1. How ASEAN helped Burma transform into a democracy when western countries secluded Burma?
2. Why should Bill Gates give money to WHO instead of directly helping countries?
3. How America can stop pointing fingers at China and start taking leadership responsibilities?
4. How India and China should work together to make this world a better place.
5. What are the pillars of convergence?