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Penguin Audio presents Has the West Lost It? by Kishore Mahbubani, read by Jonathan Keeble. 

The West's centuries-old status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As the new powers - China and India from Asia and others from Africa and Latin America - rise to the top of the world's pecking order, how should the West react? 

Kishore Mahbubani argues passionately and provocatively that the West can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large and - paradoxically - that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term. 

Mahbubani examines the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider's critical eye, and the shocking freshness of his geopolitical analysis will give all Westerners and political thinkers pause for thought.

©2018 Kishore Mahbubani (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Ron Kaufman
  • 02-06-18

Exceptionally well written for Western readers

This is a timely, well-researched, and passionately written provocation, especially important for Western readers with a concern and genuine commitment towards global well-being.

Contributions to global development nurtured in the Western world are undeniable: market economies, technological advances, democratic principles, and much more. However, the expansion of these phenomenon do not translate into historic inevitability, conceptual domination, or continuous social improvement in our rapidly changing world.

"Has the West Lost It?" challenges readers to appreciate the emergence of a more pluralistic human civilization, and the consequences of arrogance, hubris, and willful blindness on a planet that we, and future generations, must share.

Mahbubani's perspective is deeply informed by decades of personal responsibility and professional commitment as a global diplomat (Singapore's ambassador to the United Nations) and professor and academic dean (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy). As a prolific editorial writer, he blends a writer's literary gift and a policy-marker's comfort with data into a persuasive call for mutual respect, rule of law, and pragmatic optimism towards the future.

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  • Ian R. Graham
  • 29-07-18

Great analysis and Ideas, opens the mind

I do not fully agree with all the conclusions made, but the arguments made are clear and thought provoking.

A short, but impactful book that helps to loom at world development in a different way.