A former editor for Forbes and the Financial Times, Eamonn Fingleton has been monitoring East Asian economics since he moved to Tokyo in 1985. The following year he met China’s supreme leader Deng Xiaoping as a member of an American delegation led by New York Stock Exchange chairman John J. Phelan, Jr. 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 heedless America was fast losing its formerly vaunted leadership 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 Internet stock crash of 2000.
In his 2008 book In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony, he has issued a strong challenge to the conventional view among Washington policymakers and think tank analysts that China is converging to Western economic and political forms and attitudes. 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.
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