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  • Alexandra Harney
    New York: The Penguin Press, 2008
    ISBN:978-1594201578

    Shoppers, manufacturers, workers and public officials are increasingly discomforted, even feeling guilt, by what has become known as the “China price” - the lowest price possible. Low prices carry the cost of environmental degradation, human-rights violations, health hazards and misery, argues Alexandra Harney in her book, “The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage.” Large multinational firms impose standards, overlooking falsified reports from managers and suppliers. A former reporter for the Financial Times, Harney...

  • Thomas L. Friedman
    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-374-16685-4

    Economic growth, speeded by globalization and demanding populations, is slowly destroying the planet as we know it. Every minute, yet another species vanishes, reducing the earth’s biodiversity and untapped potential of rich plant and animal resources. In his book “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America,” Thomas Friedman makes a passionate argument to recognize what is being lost and to establish a new conservation ethic to reverse some dangerous trends.

  • Pallavi Aiyar
    New Delhi: Fourth Estate, 2008
    ISBN:978-817223-746-2

    In the many comparisons about Asia’s two most populous nations, India is often categorized as an unruly democracy and China as a rigid economic powerhouse. But the contributions and challenges for both nations remain rich, subtle and unfolding, reminds Pallavi Aiyar, correspondent for the “Hindu” group of publications. In her book, “Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China,” Aiyar describes her curiosity and process of exploring China by getting to know people in all walks of life. “What I had learnt then was that it was deeply wrong...

  • Kishore Mahbubani
    New York: Public Affairs, 2008
    ISBN:978-1-58648-466-8

    Asians have absorbed many Western practices in economics, corporate governance, the rule of law and technology. As a result, by 2050, the world’s three largest economies will be China, India and Japan. To remain relevant, global groups must graciously welcome and incorporate emerging economic powers, writes Kishore Mahbubani, dean and professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. In Chapter 6 of his book, “The New Asian Hemisphere,” Mahbubani assesses the role of the United Nations.

  • Ahmed Rashid
    New York: Viking Adult, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-670-01970-0

    Poverty, with no opportunity for work or education, leads to a desperation that can be exploited by extremists. Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author, reviews how the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and allied with Pakistan, but seven years later, neither nation of Central Asia enjoys economic or political stability. By emphasizing a military approach, the US and Pakistan expanded the influence of extremists, creating a chaotic environment, where strategies for terror unfold and pose dangers for the region and globe.

  • Ellen L. Frost
    Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008
    ISBN:978-1-58826-579-1

    Despite multiple complexities and cultures, Asia is integrating in new ways. “Not for centuries has that region been so fluid, so open, so cosmopolitan,” writes Ellen L. Frost in the introduction to her book “Asia’s New Regionalism.” Connections in the world’s largest, most populated and economically dynamic continent are particularly intense and innovative along Asia’s coastal areas, notes Frost, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Rather than stand by as mere onlookers, any nation or...

  • Strobe Talbott
    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-7432-9408-9

    Calls for global governance increasingly emerge, as global problems move to the top of national agendas. Those living in powerful nations fear that global government might reduce the power of nations and eliminate freedoms. Strobe Talbott - president of the Brookings Institution, former deputy secretary of state from 1994 to 2001, and founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization - has traced what he calls “the great experiment of global governance from the origins of the concept in ancient religion and philosophy...

  • Jonathan Fenby
    London: Ecco, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-06-166116-7

    In both intentional ways and unintentional, China is an ambitious international force. For China, rapid-fire political, social and economic change marks the past 150 years - and Jonathan Fenby, editor of the research service Trusted Sources and former editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post, reviews that history, revealing how China’s past sets a direction and pace for China’s future.

  • Sadanand Dhume
    Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company, 2008
    ISBN:978-1-921351-40

    During the course of hiring an assistant to write a book about Indonesia torn between two forces, Islmization and globalization, journalist Sadanand Dhume met Herri Nurdi, managing editor of a fundamentalist magazine “Sabili.” The book, “My Friend the Fanantic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist” combines first-person travel narrative and reporting on the world’s most populous Muslim nation enduring rapid transition from democratic moderation to rigid intolerance.

  • Ian Shapiro
    Princeton University Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-691-12928-0

    Containment is a powerful tool for powerful nations and remains a potent strategy for preserving democracy, argues Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University. After the 9/11 attacks, the US panicked. The Bush administration quickly abandoned a longstanding US policy of containment without debate or approval from Congress, and instead relied on unilateralism and preemptive attack. As a result, the US has squandered resources and lost credibility around the globe. Containment...

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