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The New Silk Roads

The Present and Future of the World
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Silk Roads comes a new, timely, and visionary book about the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now - as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.

"All roads used to lead to Rome. Now they lead to Beijing." So argues Peter Frankopan in this revelatory new book.

In the age of Brexit and Trump, the West is buffeted by the tides of isolationism and fragmentation. Yet to the East, this is a moment of optimism as a new network of relationships takes shape along the ancient trade routes. In The New Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan takes us on an eye-opening journey through the region, from China's breathtaking infrastructure investments to the flood of trade deals among Central Asian republics to the growing rapprochement between Turkey and Russia. This important book asks us to put aside our preconceptions and see the world from a new - and ultimately hopeful - perspective.

©2019 Peter Frankopan (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Provocative reading for students of geopolitical and economic trends looking for a glimpse at the new world to come." (Kirkus)

“Masterly mapping out of a new world order...Peter Frankopan has gone up in the world since his best-selling Silk Roads history was published to great acclaim in 2015 - and deservedly so.” (Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard

“Frankopan has written another valuable and idiosyncratic book. He has the gift of perspective - the capacity to see the wood for the trees - which he combines with a Tolstoyan knack for weaving little details into the broader sweep of human affairs.” (Jamie Susskind, The Daily Telegraph

“Frankopan is a brilliant guide to terra incognita.” (Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times

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A metaphor for Asian trade, not the road itself

An interesting discussion of foreign trade, politics and military issues especially in Asia, however, it takes the Silk Road more as a metaphor than an actual Chinese program of interconnected links, describing the strategy behind the total system. I didn't care for the style of the reader but that is a personal taste.

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Thorough Coverage

Great analysis of the current shifts in the world economy and geopolitics, drawing upon numerous historical and contemporary examples. However, at times the book felt repetitive, addressing the same silk road themes multiple times but using different examples. This could have been intentional to drive home the messages presented in the text.

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just exceptional

no body should utter anything about geopolitics in his or living room or in front of an audience unless they have read it at least twice

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Empires and their replacement

This book summarizes the rise of a new Silk Road between Asia and the west and the rise of Asia to a power that in a short will
Replace the west. All one has is to look at the rise of South Korea to become an industrial behemoth. That scene is repeated in India, China and Japan. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.