World On Fire (Paperback)
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World On Fire (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 01/07/2004
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Amy Chua's remarkable and provocative book explores the tensions of the post-Cold War globalising world. As global markets open, ethnic conflict worsens and democracy in developing nations can turn ugly and violent. Chua shows how free markets have concentrated disproportionate, often spectacular wealth in the hands of resented ethnic minorities - 'market-dominant minorities'. Adding democracy to this volatile mix can unleash suppressed ethnic hatred and bring to power 'ethno-nationalist' governments that pursue aggressive policies of confiscation and revenge. Chua also shows how individual countries may be viewed as market-dominant minorities, a fact that could help to explain the rising tide of anti-American sentiment around the world and the visceral hatred of Americans expressed in recent acts of terrorism.

Chua is not an anti-globalist. But in this must-read bestselling book she presciently warns that, far from making the world a better and safer place, democracy and capitalism - at least in the raw, unrestrained form in which they are currently being exported - are intensifying ethnic resentment and global violence, with potentially catastrophic results.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099455042
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

There is a plethora of books about globalisation, many saying roughly the same thing. This one is different ... This book is a gem ... Her theme is different, rich and compelling ... A pleasure to read * Guardian *
Very, very readable; very powerful - this is a very illuminating book -- Clare Short * A Good Read *
The greatest tribute to any book is the conviction upon closing it that the senseless finally makes sense. That's the feeling left by Amy Chua's World on Fire ... provocative, evocative, nuanced and highly readable, starting at page one * Washington Post *
Ambitiously conceived, impressively researched and gracefully written, Amanda Foreman has crafted a narrative rich in detail, anecdote, insight and personalities. It puts a human face - many human faces - on a brutal conflict remorselessly descending into an inhuman total war -- Brian Jenkins
A tour de force, a work of extreme virtuosity both in the research and the telling * Bloomberg News *

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“World on Fire”

Amy Chua talks about complex socioeconomic ideas but does not feel conjecture and disattached quandaries of an academic. She uses vivd imagery and personal experiance to not only enrich the book but as a validation... More

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