The Wake Up Call

Why the pandemic has exposed the weakness of the West – and how to fix it

by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

  • Published: 03 Sep 2020
  • Price: 9.99
  • Format: B Format Paperback
  • Extent: 144p
  • ISBN: 9781780724829
  • Short Books territories:
    UK & C/Wealth
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Good government is now the difference between living and dying… 

The Covid crisis has not just highlighted the failures of certain governments, it is accelerating a shift in the balance of power from West to East. After a decade where politics in the US and the UK has been consumed with inward-facing struggles, countries like South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as China, have made extraordinary advances economically, technologically and politically.

In this beautifully crafted essay, Micklethwait and Wooldridge explain how we ended up in this mess and explore the possible routes out. If Western governments respond creatively to the crisis, they will have a chance of reversing decades of decline; if they dither and delay while Asia continues to improve, the prospect of a new Eastern-dominated world order will increase. The big question facing the world is whether the West can rise to the challenge as it has before.

“‘A masterful analysis of Western failure, and a clear program for the future.’”
Anne Applebaum
“‘You will read no more interesting book on the political consequences of the pandemic than this.’”
Professor Niall Ferguson

About John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

John Micklethwait is editor-in-chief of Bloomber¬g News; Adrian Wooldridge is the political editor of the Economist and author of its Bagehot column. They have written six previous books together: The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State; Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea; A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization; The Witchdoctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus; The Right Nation: Why America is Different; and God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World.