Pacific Destiny: Inside Asia Today
By Robert Elegant
Crown, 1990, 512 pp.
Robert Elegant, a talented journalist and fiction writer, does for East Asia what Hedrick Smith, Robert Kaiser and David Shipler did for the Soviet Union. He has authored a balanced, thoughtful and beautifully written account of the spectacular rise of East Asia to economic predominance during the past several decades. Elegant's advice to the United States, if it is to meet the Asian challenge, is to achieve coordination among industry, academia, government and finance, and to make a major psychological adjustment that gets away from "quarter-by-quarter vision."