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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 WestвЂ™s intellectual universe, arguing that Western consciousness has become trapped in intellectual rigidity. An iconoclastic theme underscores MahbubaniвЂ™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 authorвЂ™s perspectives will resonate with Asians and provoke debate in the West, but in MahbubaniвЂ™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 diplomatвЂ™s charm, gleefully untangling political knots into simple threads.'' - Time
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Kishore Mahbubani (Sindhi: किशोर महबूबानी (Devanagari); born 24 October 1948) is a Singaporean former diplomat.
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