Out of Mao's Shadow takes a different look at the paradigm shift and subsequent rapid economic growth which has occurred in China since Deng Xiaoping. Philip P. Pan presents the human face of the socio-political and economic upheaval of the last thirty years. Pan tells the tales of individuals caught up in the changing landscape and how they seek to reconcile the past, present and future. The author introduces readers to a host of characters from the Rich Wife, and Party Boss to the Newspaperman, and Honest Doctor. These characters together with visits to old towns, cemeteries and urban highrises go beyond GDP values and production figures to paint a more personal and empathetic picture of the new China.
Robert Kaplan's fascinating book is divided into three parts with the first discussing theories of space and power, the rise and fall of nations and the role of geography in framing the evolution of states and their foreign policies. The second section goes into detail on the histories of China, India, Russia, Central Asia, Iran and Turkey. For each country Kaplan charts the evolution of the respective polities and societies from antiquity to the present. The main focus is on the way geographical obstacles and advantages greatly influenced the creation of countries in Asia. Due to the primacy of geography, differing and successive regimes and societies have in the end held similar views of the continent.
Stanley Wolpert's India provides readers with a wide-ranging introduction on a myriad of topics pertaining to the country. With sections ranging from the environment, philosophy, society, to foreign policy, and arts and science, the book gives the reader a holistic glance at one of Asia's oldest civilizations and second biggest polity. Divided into short essays, Wolpert employs an informal, at times almost lyrical style which draws the reader in and provides a flavour of the subcontinent unlike many more prosaic books. Of note is the way the book is organized, so each section informs the following one; India's pre-Raj historical trends re-emerge in the Nehru-Gandhi years, Sanskrit epics sit with Five Year Plans.
Tim Clissold's new book tells the whirlwind story of his efforts in the nascent carbon trading sector in China in during the mid 2000s. Clissold details the various labyrinthine rules, norms and headaches that accompanied doing business in China. The clash of Western and Chinese business culture is entertainingly detailed. The author weaves proverbs and wisdom from various Chinese sages into the 21st century business world to show some of China's fundamental rules. High stakes business adventures are interspersed with Chinese history and advice from Mao, Deng, Sun Tzu and others.