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The Future Is Asian

Global Order in the Twenty-First Century
Narrated by: Nezar Alderazi
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Five billion people, two-thirds of the world's mega-cities, one-third of the global economy, two-thirds of global economic growth, 30 of the Fortune 100, six of the 10 largest banks, eight of the 10 largest armies, five nuclear powers, massive technological innovation, the newest crop of top-ranked universities. Asia is also the world's most ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse region of the planet, eluding any remotely meaningful generalisation beyond the geographic label itself. Even for Asians, Asia is dizzying to navigate.  

Whether you gauge by demography, geography, economy or any other metric, Asia is already the present - and it is certainly the future. It is for this reason that we cannot afford to continue to get Asia so wrong. The Future Is Asian accurately shows Asia from the inside out, telling the story of how this mega-region is coming together and reshaping the entire planet in the process.

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©2019 Parag Khanna (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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I want to care but just cannot

Rarely do I find an audio book difficult to finish, and this is a first, as the structure of this book is simply so messy and hard to follow that most of the vast information falls flat. I bough the book after watching an interview with Nezar Alderazi where he sold the book's premise fantastically, but in listening to it I find that he jumps from point to point to point discussing one event/tension/move/culture/mentality after another with no clear sign of inter-connectedness.

I find that I might not be able to finish this book because the structure of the delivery causes me to lose focus so easily that I might as well not be listening. It's a shame since I do care about the content, it just isn't very digestible.

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The future probably is Asian…

A fascinating insight into a region that continues to be misunderstood and feared by the west.

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Surprisingly non politically correct!

Having watched Parag Khanna on TV, I realised he is very convincing and hyper confident, a really smooth talking silver tongued Mr MBA.

I was concerned this book would be yet another attempt to tell the West how useless it is and how supercool Asia is in contrast. Many books are like this and are nothing more than a modern take on the yellow peril ideology of a century ago.

It was pleasantly surprising to learn of the weakness of both cultures and how they are destined to merge, and that we are not all destined to be controlled by a Fu Manchu style Chinese AI.

I thoroughly recommend this book!

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  • Ben Vella
  • 01-10-19

Maybe if the stats had more context?

This overlong book has a few good insights, but most are lost in the barrage of statistics that have dubious meaning to forward the case of the Future is Asian. More Russians are holidaying in Thailand this Russia is focusing more on Asia......really??