search for books and compare prices
cover image
Can Asians Think?: Understanding the Divide Between East and West
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Steerforth Pr
Publication date January 1, 2002
Pages 207
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781586420338
ISBN-10 158642033X
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $14.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
A provocative collection of essays challenges the intellectual world of the West, arguing that Western consciousness has become ensnared in intellectual rigidity, and predicts that the twenty-first century will bring about a two-way exhange of ideas between the East and West. Original. 25,000 first printing. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the new 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century leader" (Time). A must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in contemporary Asia, this collection of provocative essays is certain to challenge the way you think.
Asia's societies were more culturally and economically advanced than Europe's at the end of the first millennium. And yet by the nineteenth century the West had leaped so far ahead that even some Asians themselves harbored images of inferiority.
Mahbubani's analysis of the past and predictions for the future amount to a wake-up call to Asians and Westerners alike. In diverse pieces such as "The Ten Commandments for Developing Countries" and "The Dangers of Decadence: What the Rest Can Teach the West," he asserts that Westerners are largely unaware of their condescending attitudes and practices toward the East and maintain that outdated worldview at their own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass those of Europe and North America within the next fifty years. No one who reads these iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West relations in the same light.
“If you are looking for insight into how others perceive us—and the events of September 11 underscore that need—then I know of no better guide than Kishore Mahbubani. His collection of lively essays will both inform and challenge your thinking.”
-- Paul Volcker

“This book is a collection of absolutely first-rate essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an instinct for the jugular when it comes to identifying a critical issue and setting forth a powerful thesis concerning it.”
-- Samuel P. Huntington
Author of The Clash of Civilizations

“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”
-- Henry Kissinger

Book cover for 9781586420338
The price comparison is for this edition
1 edition from Steerforth Pr (January 1, 2002)
9781586420338 | details & prices | 207 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Poses questions about the relationship between Eastern and Western cultures, the future of Asian societies, and the effects of globalization.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. is not a bookseller, just an information source.