A former editor for Forbes and the Financial Times, for 27 years Eamonn Fingleton monitored East Asian finance and economics from a base in Tokyo. In September 1987 he issued the first of several predictions of the Tokyo banking crash and went on in Blindside, a controversial 1995 analysis that was praised by J.K. Galbraith and Bill Clinton, to show that a fast deindustrializing America was losing the lead in advanced manufacturing to Japan.
His 1999 book In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity anticipated the American dot.com crash of 2000 and warned of the dangers of new financial instruments.
In his 2008 book In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony, he challenged the conventional view that China is converging to Western economic and political norms and attitudes. His works have been translated into French, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. As a member of an American stock exchange delegation to Beijing in 1986, he became one of the few Western journalists to have met China’s supreme leader Deng Xiaoping. His books have been read into the U.S. Senate record and named among the ten best business books of the year by Business Week and Amazon.com.
He left Tokyo in 2012, after 27 years, and now divides his time between central Dublin and the fishing village of Greencastle in Donegal. His constant companion is a saluki named Cassandra.
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