Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
By (author) Joe Studwell
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Asian Godfathers by Joe Studwell
Book DescriptionHong Kong and Southeast Asia are home to five hundred million people, yet their economies are dominated by only fifty families whose interests range from banking to real estate, shipping to sugar, gambling to lumber. At their peak, eight of the world s two dozen richest men were Southeast Asian, but their names would not be familiar to most regular readers of "The Wall Street Journal." A complex mythology surrounds these billionaires, but in "Asian Godfathers," Joe Studwell finds that the facts are even more remarkable than the myths. Studwell has spent fifteen years as a reporter in the region, and he marshals his unprecedented sources to paint intimate and revealing portraits of the men who control Southeast Asia. Studwell also provides us with a rich and deep understanding of the broader historic, economic, and political influences that have shaped Southeast Asia over the past 150 years. "Asian Godfathers" is a riveting and illuminating book that lifts the curtain on a world of staggering secrecy and hypocrisy, and revealsfor the first timewho the leaders of one of the planet s most important and tumultuous markets really are, why they got to the top, and how they keep themselves there."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780802143914
(208mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joe Studwell
Asian Godfathers, Paperback (August 2008)
40 or 50 families control the economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. Their interests range from banking to property, from shipping to sugar, from vice to gambling. This book lifts the lid on a world of staggering secrecy and shows that the little most people know is almost entirely wrong.
China Dream, Paperback / softback (March 2003)» View all books by Joe Studwell
Acclaimed business journalist Studwell takes to task the predictions that China will become an economic juggernaut on the world stage in the 21st century--and instead foresees an economic crisis.
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