Excerpts

  • Pranab Bardhan
    Princeton University Press, 2010
    ISBN: 978-0691129945

    The recent economic rise of China and India has attracted a great deal of attention. Together, the two countries account for one-fifth of the global economy and are projected to represent a full third of the world’s income by 2025. Yet, many of the views regarding China and India’s market reforms and high growth have been exaggerated and oversimplified. Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay scrutinizes the phenomenal rise of both nations, and demolishes the myths that have accumulated around the economic achievements of these two...

  • Johan Lagerkvist
    Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern, 2010
    ISBN: 978-3-0343-0435-1

    Forces of social media and globalization are impacting heavily on China today – in­creased travel; the internet; foreign-produced TV programming and popular culture. The battle against the myriad of interconnecting cultural influences found on China’s online networks is becoming increasingly difficult to wage over time. Johan Lagerkvist explores how globalization and international media plays a role for generating political change and analyzes what increased Internet use in China means before democracy is achieved.

  • Guobin Yang
    Columbia University Press, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0231144209

    Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has revolutionized popular expression in China, enabling users to organize, protest, and influence public opinion in unprecedented ways. Guobin Yang’s pioneering study maps an innovative range of contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a nuanced and dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community, conflict, and control. Like many other contemporary protest forms in China and the world, Yang argues, Chinese online activism derives its...

  • Reza Aslan
    Random House, 2009
    ISBN:978-1400066728

    “How to Win a Cosmic War” is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Surveying the global scene from Israel to Iraq and from New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must...

  • Teresita C. Schaffer
    Center for Strategic & International Studies, June 16, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0892065721

    Teresita C. Schaffer examines the new strategic partnership between the United States and India. The two governments have a vigorous military-to-military relationship, reflecting similar security interests. They have devoted much less attention to creating a common vision of the world, and regularly spar in multilateral settings. The big global issues in the coming decade, however, including climate change, nuclear proliferation, and international financial reform, cannot be addressed without India. This book proposes a policy of...

  • Dilip Hiro
    Nation Books, 2009
    ISBN: 978-1-56858-427-0

    Historic shifts have provided an opportunity for the world to move from the tutelage of the sole superpower, America, to a multi-polar global order, one where America’s moral, economic, and military leadership will be profoundly challenged. What form will this world resemble? What are the perils and promises of this new power order? In After Empire, Dilip Hiro provides a realistic, challenging, and nuanced look at the emerging power politics of the coming century and considers how they are going to turn our world upside-down.

  • Daniel Griswold
    Cato Institute, 2009
    ISBN: 978-1935308195

    The book explains the benefits of free trade and globalization for middle-class, Main Street Americans. It offers a spirited defense of free trade and globalization that engages the populists on their own turf. It shows how middle- and low-income families benefit from import competition, and how a more globalized U.S. economy has created better jobs and higher living standards for American workers through the ups and downs of the business cycle.

  • James Cuno
    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-691-13712-4

    Laws can include or exclude, protect or harm. Nationalist retentionist cultural-property laws have failed to protect antiquities and the human record, argues James Cuno, president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Instead of encouraging the collection of all artifacts and displaying the historical evidence for all to observe and analyze, some nations use their power to control the narrative, selecting pieces that support their claim to power. All global citizens have a right to view ancient artifacts, regardless of where they...

  • Dinesh C. Sharma
    HarperCollins Publishers, India, 2008
    ISBN:9788172237684

    In a few short decades, India transformed itself from a poor nation offering cheap labor to a technological powerhouse. In his book, “The Long Revolution: The Birth and Growth of India’s IT Industry,” science editor Dinesh C. Sharma details the history. This chapter describes how software talent developed after foreign firms established roots and Indian engineers quickly adapted to a fast-changing business environment. Talent and fast-changing market conditions spurred trade and innovation.

  • 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...