Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons. Compre o livro Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia na : confira as ofertas para por Joe Studwell ( Autor).

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It’s a thesis convincingly sustained as Studwell travels the region pointing out raw material concessions here, infrastructure projects there and government-granted monopolies more or less everywhere, which eliminate competition and are licences to print godgathers.

Asian Godfathers by Joe Studwell

How to be a godfather 3 Structuring an organisation chief slaves and gweilo running dogs. Super-luxe condo tower blossoms in Bangkok. And of course there’s the ultimate entrepreneur Richard Branson, who has built around diverse companies under one brand name Virgin. LoL Bolehlah buat bacaan di sela-sela buku fiksi yang sedang kubaca.

Joe Studwell excellently defends his position that even though Southeast Asia has a higher per capita portion of the richest business families in the world, that their wealth is unfairly gained through political mechanisms at the expense of the country’s citizens. Most of the concessions available are gambling related casions, lotteries but if you look carefully, there are concessions available everywhere.

Everyday Popular Culture by Philip Cornwel-Smith remains a fun, offbeat examination of ordinary Thai lifestyles and culture. Right up my alley of sobering, somewhat technical, economic reading, “yawn” for most everybody else. In South-East Asia, by contrast, land remained concentrated on the wealthy few i.

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Finally, a business dinner before he retires at 10 p. The failure of politics in South-East Asia which gave rise to this, has been characterized by too tight a relationship between governments and the Asian Godfathers. Jul 05, Peter Gregoire rated it it was amazing. Studwdll nothing wrong with the diagnosis that SE Asia prospered because of the deployment of labor and not any meaningful increases in productivity Aug 07, PMP rated it really liked it.


Then there’s the question of godfather benevolence. After reading this book, I realised that many are just smart marketing and PR work. So to put it shortly I’m not entirely convinced.

Open Preview See a Problem? In retrospect that would certainly undermine the author’s aim of debunking the myth of lionized individuals in Asian studwelk to riches, which made this book unique and hard to put down under any circumstances Reading this aft Combines brilliant commentary and analysis with rarely seen moderation in argument and perspectives.

In countless hagiographies they’re portrayed as outstandingly shrewd business people, often rising from rags to riches with godfatuers strong benevolent inclination.

To ask other readers questions about Asian Godfathersplease sign up. In the end, having the godfathefs idea at the right time and place, with the right entrepreneurial zest are still crucially important. South-east Asian EOI was very much driven by assembly operations using imported components. But nothing is as straightforward as it first seems.

Asian Godfathers

We’ve seen this book described as “the best business book about Southeast Asia ever written”, and although we don’t as a rule delve into business books this is more historical political economy we reckon this is probably a pretty spot-on description.

The s Ecstasy and reckoning. What many of them don’t know, or choose to ignore, is the way this power is exercised, where it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be.


I wish more would read this book and realized how the public has been short changed by the government and these individuals. Indeed, an interesting read that not only provides insight into the past, but also maybe the future!

I think this is a compelling godfatherd, but you also have to explain why this trend exists over years later. Hard to believe Studwell hasn’t been taken to court for defamation by the Lees or any number jpe other candidates.

His more interesting points are: Not all the information are new but a good collection of all the rumors and news you’ll hear about the Asian tycoons.

If women appear on the godfather stage it’s always in the role of wife, mother or daughter of one of the Asian tycoons who, according to Forbes magazine, constitute a third of the two dozen wealthiest people on the planet.

Tommy Suharto, the playboy son of former Indonesian president Suharto, did time in prison for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, and others are rumored to have underworld connections. That might partly explain why these billionaires are so extra ordinary. The Thomson Reuters Trust Studwelll. It doesn’t add up, it doesn’t make sense. Account Options Sign in. Sep 24, Nathik rated it it was ok Shelves: Bangkok set to sparkle Sponsored by: It’s an olig Really important description of how crony capitalism wrecks economies and the hardworking laborers that live godcathers them.