The author served as an official at the US Department of State from 2005-2007, responsible for South Asia policy. She traveled extensively across China and India and this book is a collection of her observations, insights, and knowledge of two great and increasingly powerful economies.
The book is a joy to read–Manuel has a conversational, approachable style. While there is some redundancy in content across chapters, her reporting and storytelling are nonetheless fascinating and engaging.
The coverage of each country is comprehensive–history, leaders’ perspectives and influencers, social and economic challenges, demographics, policies, macro environmental forces and more. This is a cool read for anyone who sees the magnificence of China and India, anyone who is interested in their past and future role, and anyone who wants to understand U.S. interdependencies in the global landscape.
Manuel advocates harmonious relations between the U.S., China and India and sees our positive relationship with both countries as a precursor to a vibrant, thriving world.
I loved this book and I may have to read it again to make sure I captured all the goodness. But reading it scares me too: where are we going, America? And will our actions—now and in the future–align for our collective good?