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The 21st century has seen a rise in the global middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values. Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. We are creating a new global civilization. Eighty-eight percent of the world's population outside the West is rising to Western living standards, and sharing Western aspirations. Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes.

Policymakers all over the world must change their preconceptions and accept that we live in one world. National interests must be balanced with global interests. Power must be shared. The U.S. and Europe must cede some power. China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated. Mahbubani urges that only through these actions can we create a world that converges benignly. This timely audiobook explains how to move forward and confront many pressing global challenges.

©2013 Kishore Mahbubani (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

“Kishore Mahbubani is a thoughtful critic of the West and this audiobook is full of provocations; some right, some wrong, but never boring. Above all, he seeks ways to reconcile the 12 per cent of the world’s population who live in the West with the vast majority who do not. The result is a good and important audio.” (Joseph S. Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Power)

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Fantastic book

I don't understand why there is so much criticism. this book is incredible and the narration is fine. the author is very insightful and while I might disagree with certain points, he makes very valid conclusions. It is also clearly meant for an uninitiated audience and for laypeople. He provides details of other books and other works for deeper reading.

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Thought provoking

Interesting and thought provoking book. I would much prefer to have the Author as narrator.

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different perspective

Very optimistic about the probability and benefit of globalization. Gives a very clear and concise view of the world from a non Western perspective.

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Repetitive

i found the book overly repetitive. Disappointed as the subject is of significant interest. Best used to fall asleep to

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Good only in parts

Some good insights and ideas but the book tries to cover too many things and relied heavily on quotes and anecdotes