The World Turned Upside Down

By Clyde Prestowitz,

Book cover of The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership

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An authority on Asia and globalization identifies the challenges China's growing power poses and how it must be confronted

"Timely and thought-provoking. . . . An unsparing analysis of how Washington's elite fell into the grip of their China delusion."-James Kynge, Financial Times

"Prestowitz doesn't just point out problems; he…

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This is a fascinating book by a long-time Washington insider on the reasons for, and strategy behind, China’s rise. He details the crucial geopolitics behind America and China’s changing positionality. He argues that China’s rise was facilitated by common animosity towards the Soviet Union and fundamental misunderstandings by the American policy elite of the Chinese system. It is packed full of interesting insight and details, including that the Chinese Communist Party does not legally exist, so can never be held to account. 

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