Can Asians Think?
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In these elegantly written essays, Kishore Mahbubani sets forth a wake-up call to Asians and Westerners alike. In such diverse pieces as ¿The Ten Commandments for Developing Countries¿ and ¿The Dangers of Decadence: What the Rest Can Teach the West,¿ the author challenges the West¿s intellectual universe, arguing that Western consciousness has become trapped in intellectual rigidity. An iconoclastic theme underscores Mahbubani¿s message: After 500 years of Western domination of Asia, the 21st century will see a two-way exchange of ideas between East and West. The author¿s perspectives will resonate with Asians and provoke debate in the West, but in Mahbubani¿s words, ¿The world will be a much richer place when Western minds stop assuming that Western civilization represents the universal civilization.¿ ¿Mahbubani writes with a diplomat¿s charm, gleefully untangling political knots into simple threads.¿ ¿ Time
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