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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Mohammed Ayoob
    Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2008
    ISBN:978-0-472-06971-3

    About one out of every four people in the world practice Islam.Since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and the US response, the study of “political Islam” has become a “growth industry” in the West, too often narrowly defined as a threat, explains Mohammed Ayoob, professor of international relations, in his book “The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World.” In reality, Islam and other religious traditions wield similar influence over politics. Ayoob examines the complex interplay between domestic concerns in various...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.