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How Asia Works

Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Summary

In the 1980s and 1990s, many in the West came to believe in the myth of an East-Asian economic miracle, with countries seen as not just development prodigies but as a unified bloc, culturally and economically similar, and inexorably on the rise. In How Asia Works, Joe Studwell distills extensive research into the economics of nine countries - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China - into an accessible narrative that debunks Western misconceptions, shows what really happened in Asia and why, and for once makes clear why some countries have boomed while others have languished.

Impressive in scope, How Asia Works is essential listening for anyone interested in a region that will shape the future of the world.

©2013 Joe Studwell (P)2017 Tantor

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Important, informative, but tough

I highly recommend this book for those interested in the economic (and political) growth of the 3rd world and how to get there quickly. Besides the material itself, the storyline is engaging and the narration is excellent. However, the language is a little too academic and the content might feel like a drag sometimes. Still, a really important book overall.

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  • Russ. M
  • Coventry, England
  • 22-05-18

Insiteful

A must read for anyone wanting to expand there investing horizons.Understanding how the post war world works is critical to making that a success. After all you can't miss out on a third of the planet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

Great insight of the Asian economy and development

Being an Asian myself it is great to know how neighbouring nations succeed while others don't.

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  • Luis Espinal
  • 22-10-18

powerful and illuminating.

The narrator does an excellent job. And the book brings significant light to a complex subject.

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  • Angie Bender
  • 06-10-18

Boring.

Maybe it was over my head but it could have used some analogies and comparisons to make it more interesting.

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  • Prateek Basu
  • 20-09-18

A masterclass

Read this book for an overview of the economies of North and South East Asia, as well as a fascinating introduction into the economics of development. This accessible book is a must read for anyone with an outsiders interest in Asia and those with questions about how economies develop. Loved it.

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  • Client Kindle
  • 21-07-18

Awesome book to think differently

This, together with why nations fail and classical economics book will give you a plural and complete view on what to think about development

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  • Karabo Molema
  • 11-04-18

a good book, that explains Asian economies well

This book explains the economic history, of Asia quite well. Along the way you learn how countries influenced each other. How the Germans influenced the Japanese, in turn they influenced the Koreans, and so on. Also the other important takeaway, is that you learn about Friedrich List

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  • Shane
  • 28-03-18

Great book and narrator

Great book and narrator also in this interesting story on Asias economic development
Enjoy
Cheers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-18

Very informative

For someone looking to understand the rise of prospering Asian states, Joe's book was an interesting read. The book condenses information on what went right and wrong as these countries developed or are developing. I recommend to anyone looking information on the Asian miracle

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-18

Didn’t start well, so I didn’t finish.

Some of the propositions explained by the author fly in the face of basic economics. Additionally some of the remedies the author prescribes are bordering on socialist or Marxist. Not a fan.

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