The Elephant and the Dragon is the essential guide to understanding how India and China are reshaping our world. With labor now unbound from geographic borders, we’re seeing startling shifts in how—and where—nearly everything we buy is made. In a compelling mix of history and on-the-ground reporting, veteran journalist Robyn Meredith untangles the complex web of business and politics, as well as environmental and cultural issues that entwine India, China, and the West. She also outlines how Americans—business leaders, workers, politicians, even parents—can understand the vast changes coming and thrive in this new age.
I don’t remember what drew me to this book but I’m glad I read it and will probably come back to it over the years. Meredith paints an interesting picture of our interdependence with China and India, past and present. Mostly present. The book is a few years old and it shows, particularly towards the end when Meredith suggests what may lay ahead for both of these countries and the US leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. It’s been almost ten years since it’s publication and I’d love to see a new edition come out with updates on some of the more recent developments with China.
The information in the book was interesting and the delivery was well done. It never felt like any single subject was being overdone nor did any of it leave me feeling like there wasn’t enough of it. I found the way politics hindered or helped development to be surprising because it was so different from the US perception of how that relationship should work. I borrowed the audiobook, read by Laural Merlington, from the library. As with other titles, this one is available from multiple outlets for purchase as well, just click on the cover photo.