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  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986531
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $28.00
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Has the West Lost It?

A Provocation




A powerful challenge to Western hubris from an internationally known opinion-maker

Kishore Mahbubani's timely polemic argues passionately for the West to cease imposing its ideology on the world and intervening in the affairs of other nations. Mahbubani examines the West's greatest follies of recent times: the humiliation of Russia at the end of the Cold War, which led to the rise of Putin; and the invasion of Iraq after 9/11, which destabilised the Middle East. For the West to maintain a key international role, Mahbubani warns, it must recognise its changing status and seek to influence rather than dominate. Has The West Lost It? examines the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider's critical eye.

  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986531
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $28.00
Categories:

Praise for Has the West Lost It?

It's a powerful, disputatious book . . . It's not comfortable reading, and it wasn't meant to be

Paul Kennedy, Director of International Security Studies and Professor of History at Yale University

We should all think of it as the cold shower that is urgently needed to revive the West

Fareed Zakaria, author of 'The Post-American World'

Kishore Mahbubani brings unrivaled experience and insight into strategizing where the West goes from here. A book that truly speaks to our tumultuous times

Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group

A compelling warning ... It is hard to disagree with this advice from such a well-informed friend of the west

Martin Wolf, Financial Times

In the longer view, America's - and before that Europe's - dominance may come to be seen as a short aberration and the rise of China and other Asian nations as simply a reversion to the natural order of things. That at least is the key point of a provocatively titled book, Has the West Lost It?, by Kishore Mahbubani, a Singaporean academic and former diplomat. As many in America and Europe contemplate the dramatic changes to their world in the past few years, it's been getting a lot of attention.

Gerard Baker, The Times

Sometimes you need a shock to wake you up. Has the West Lost it? (2018) is such a shock. The sheer concentrated force of this 91-page essay [...] is as unrelenting as it is astonishing . . . It's time we listened to Mahbubani.

Richard Horton, The Lancet

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