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  • The World Turned Upside Down

  • America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership
  • By: Clyde Prestowitz
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Asia

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An authority on Asia and globalization identifies the challenges China's growing power poses and how it must be confronted.

When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, most experts expected the WTO rules and procedures would liberalize China and make it "a responsible stakeholder in the liberal world order". But the experts made the wrong bet. China today is liberalizing neither economically nor politically but, if anything, becoming more authoritarian and mercantilist.

In this book, notably free of partisan posturing and inflammatory rhetoric, renowned globalization and Asia expert Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and the Free World must adopt to meet them. He argues that these must be more sophisticated and more comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war. Rather, he urges strategies that the US and its allies can use unilaterally without contravening international or domestic law.

©2021 Clyde Prestowitz (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Christopher P Pratt
  • 28-02-2021

Informative and engaging

A well-written analysis of the China threat and the missteps the U.S. has taken in its policy with China. What sets this book apart is that Prestowitz also offers a clear strategy and plan for the U.S. to face China and protect western democracy. The introduction starts strong with an overview of how China has already succeeded in being able to weaponize its imports, infiltrate, and control foreign governments, fund/control global infrastructure projects. From there Prestowitz makes it clear had the U.S. had more foresight and taken a closer look at Chinese culture it would be evident that becoming a supreme world leader is engrained in their culture. He shares eye-opening examples that leave the reader surprised, if not worried, and very much welcoming Prestowitz's strategies to confront this threat head-on.

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  • JB
  • 08-02-2021

a "Must Read"

If you want to truly understand how the relationship between  the United States and China got to where it is  today, this is the book to read. 

Well written and nuanced, it explains the naivete of the USA in the past and the self interest of corporate leaders, presidents of universities,  and members of Congress  in keeping their profits from China flowing.  Prestowitz’s conclusions and recommendations  on where to go from here are well thought out and make sense. 


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  • Bruno Saragat
  • 06-02-2021

A very informative book.

A brilliant narrator enhances the richness of information and the thought-provoking data the book provides the listener with. Highly recommended.

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