By Kishore Mahbubani
In those elegantly written essays, Kishore Mahbubani units forth a serious warning call to Asians and Westerners alike. In such varied items as ''The Ten Commandments for constructing Countries'' and ''The hazards of Decadence: What the remainder Can train the West,'' the writer demanding situations the WestвЂ™s highbrow universe, arguing that Western attention has develop into trapped in highbrow pressure. An iconoclastic subject underscores MahbubaniвЂ™s message: After 500 years of Western domination of Asia, the twenty first century will see a two-way alternate of rules among East and West. The authorвЂ™s views will resonate with Asians and impress debate within the West, yet in MahbubaniвЂ™s phrases, ''The global could be a far richer position whilst Western minds cease assuming that Western civilization represents the common civilization.'' ''Mahbubani writes with a diplomatвЂ™s appeal, gleefully untangling political knots into uncomplicated threads.'' - Time
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