A masterly account ... the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time … Rachman’s book offers a first-rate primer to the world in which we live.
Jonathan Fenby, Sunday Times
In his timely new book, Easternisation, Gideon Rachman articulates a clear and persuasive idea… [His] flair for rich anecdotes, clever writing, strong analysis and original insight are impressive… Easternisation hits its mark, with a wide range of arguments and prognostications that scholars and policymakers must contemplate as we consider the coming Asian century.
Kurt Campbell, Financial Times
Rachman’s theme takes him on a most interesting and stimulating tour du monde. His discussion of the impact of China’s rise on south-east Asia, contrary to the great majority of accounts, is subtle and nuanced… A most informative, readable and interesting piece of work that deserves a wide readership.
Martin Jacques, Guardian
A brilliant and engrossing account of the emerging power struggles of the twenty-first century. Gideon Rachman is one of the few journalists with a truly global perspective. His access to world leaders from Beijing to Washington provides a unique perspective on international politics.
A superb account… An absorbing and sobering study.
Stephen Robinson, Daily Telegraph
We are witness in this very decade to one of the greatest geopolitical shifts in the global power balances … This tale has many chroniclers and numerous exponents, but by far the most insightful, sensible, and compelling is EASTERNISATION. This really is one of those works where you can say you wished our political leaders would read and ponder upon its great implications.
[[Easternisation is] elegantly written and hugely informed… [A] cogent and wise book.
Michael Burleigh, Literary Review
The West is in decline, the East is on the rise. Like too few others, Gideon Rachman grasps this fundamental and over-arching reality of our time, without which we cannot understand either the present or the future ... A highly readable and perceptive account of this irresistible truth.
Martin Jacques, author of WHEN CHINA RULES THE WORLD
[An] accomplished book.
Shashank Joshi, Prospect
What this book is really about, and is very good at describing, is the growing impact of China on its neighbours, on the world
Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the 21st century.
Asian Art Newspaper, Book of the Year
[Rachman’s] fine primer provides a first-rate road map to the new reality.
[It is] required reading for interesting times.
UK Press Syndication
[Rachman] is surely accurate in his assessment that the wind is blowing in China's favour and the era of America's post-Second World War dominance is coming to an end. The soft power of popular culture and the arts, which goes hand in hand with money and military might, could, if Rachman's analysis proves correct, usher in a wholesale realignment not just of the world, but also of how we think about the world.
Rachman...has an eye for the telling statistic and for the memorable detail that makes it stick. He packs an enormous amount of information into a short book and opens windows of understanding for nonexperts
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