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Megatrends Asia: Eight Asian Megatrends That Are Reshaping Our World
Megatrends Asia: Eight Asian Megatrends That Are Reshaping Our World
By John Naisbitt
Simon & Schuster, 1996, 298 pp.

Another in the now common genre of flashy books on how Asia is set to rival and overtake the West in power and influence in the 21st century. What is missing is any mention, let alone appreciation, of Asian power rivalries and mutual suspicions. If these were taken into account, a more nuanced picture might emerge. Also left out is the verdict of respectable economists such as Paul Krugman who doubt whether the present high growth rates of Asian economies can be sustained.