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The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us | [Robyn Meredith]

The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us

Exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories. But India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand to survive in the new global economy. The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these nations have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.
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In the streets of India, camels pull carts loaded with construction materials, and monkeys race across roads, dodging cars. In China, men in Mao jackets pedal bicycles along newly built highways, past skyscrapers sprouting like bamboo. Yet exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories.

Not since the United States rose to prominence a century ago have we seen such tectonic shifts in global power; but India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand in order to survive in the new global economy.

The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these two Asian nations, each with more than a billion people, have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.

©2007 Robyn Meredith; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Robyn Meredith's systematic analysis fills the gap in a spirited, readable manner." (Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes)
"An exciting and journalistic account of one of the great economic stories of our time: the transformation of China and India." (Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winning economist)

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    I listened to this book because it is on the U.S. Navy recommended reading list. This book is a good introduction to the issues of globalization and while scholars of India and China would probably find it way too basic, for the rest of us, this book can be the beginning of opening our eyes to the issues we read about in the papers.

    Excellent discussion of why jobs are being offshored and a real wake up call to anyone who has high aspirations for their children. Great insight as to why the Chinese have the manufacturing jobs and the Indians have the technology jobs.

    The author uses the word "tectonic" more than I think is needed, but otherwise the prose is clear. I found the audio quality to be excellent and the narration very crisp. Yes, the reader's voice is a bit mechanical, but I did not have any problem with that.

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    David Hollister, CA, USA 05-25-09
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    An excellent book - providing key information for people who want and need to understand the transformation of our economy. Really, everyone should listen to this. Well read too.

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    Terri Baton Rouge, LA, USA 12-23-08
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    Excellent overview of recent economic developments in India and China. Good general interest information or starting point for more detailed study.

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    Great book, lots of insight on how stupid people, even smart people do stupid things for a few bucks, like, holding back half a nation out of greed, ignorance and stupidity.

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    I really enjoyed this informative audio book... very well read with interesting thought provoking ideas...

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    "most important of economic books of our time"

    Suprisingly easy to listen and thouroughly engaging. My understanding of the evolution of India and China's economies and what it means to the rest of the world now and in the future has been greatly enhanced. I found the book to be mostly objective, citing fault and acheivment where due, regardless of political affiliations. I, also, appreciated that the book was not a total doom & gloom forecast and was optimistic at times and forewarned of obstacles ahead. I wish this book was recommended reading for every student in the USA.

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    Lee Hamilton, OH, USA 09-07-07
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    This book should be in every class room in America
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    Very informative and a wake up call.

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    Jon Salt Lake City, UT, USA 02-17-08
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    I enjoyed the pace of the book. It's a nice mix of the historical background, and then commentary.

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