• How Asia Works

  • Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region
  • By: Joe Studwell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (402 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the 1980s and 1990s, many in the West came to believe in the myth of an East-Asian economic miracle, with countries seen as not just development prodigies but as a unified bloc, culturally and economically similar, and inexorably on the rise. In How Asia Works, Joe Studwell distills extensive research into the economics of nine countries - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China - into an accessible narrative that debunks Western misconceptions, shows what really happened in Asia and why, and for once makes clear why some countries have boomed while others have languished.

Impressive in scope, How Asia Works is essential listening for anyone interested in a region that will shape the future of the world.

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The best economic development book I’ve ever seen

This book gives the essential blueprint for how developing countries succeed in the postwar era. He tells you why countries like Japan, Taiwan,Korea succeeded and others like the Philippines Indonesia Malaysia did not. If you want to understand Asian economics you must listen to this book.

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a good book, that explains Asian economies well

This book explains the economic history, of Asia quite well. Along the way you learn how countries influenced each other. How the Germans influenced the Japanese, in turn they influenced the Koreans, and so on. Also the other important takeaway, is that you learn about Friedrich List

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Excellent Book - Huge Topic

Narrator is top quality

The content is well presented and defended. The story is excellent and detailed. It would have been easy to make this a boring book. But it is not boring.

People should read this to understand the China-side on Trade.

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A roadmap for economic development

Excellent book. Well written and well narrated. My only complaint is that the volume is inconsistent. It can dip and rise without warning, and is often too quiet.

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very interesting account of economics

very interesting account of economics in general and east Asia in particular. interesting metaphor doing crucial work of nations' economies being infants or grown-ups.

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Lessons in the quest for economic development

Excellent audiobook.. A must read for all those entrusted with economic policies in developing states..

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EM Economics

Most people who go to University study developed markets economics. This book shows the least taught economics, EM economics. Lovely book!

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Didn’t start well, so I didn’t finish.

Some of the propositions explained by the author fly in the face of basic economics. Additionally some of the remedies the author prescribes are bordering on socialist or Marxist. Not a fan.

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Great insight of the Asian economy and development

Being an Asian myself it is great to know how neighbouring nations succeed while others don't.

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Boring.

Maybe it was over my head but it could have used some analogies and comparisons to make it more interesting.

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  • 05-16-20

Great

Great writing, storytelling and overall amazing economic and politic overview of Asian countries development.

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  • Stevebrucehk
  • 02-24-20

excellent book for anyone new to Asia

I wish I'd found this book much sooner. fascinating insight into the Asian economies and how they link together. also read Asian Godfathers by the same author.

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  • Beshr
  • 01-06-19

Important, informative, but tough

I highly recommend this book for those interested in the economic (and political) growth of the 3rd world and how to get there quickly. Besides the material itself, the storyline is engaging and the narration is excellent. However, the language is a little too academic and the content might feel like a drag sometimes. Still, a really important book overall.

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  • Russ. M
  • 05-22-18

Insiteful

A must read for anyone wanting to expand there investing horizons.Understanding how the post war world works is critical to making that a success. After all you can't miss out on a third of the planet.