In his previous international bestseller, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth set out to explore the Scandinavian tribes and what they think of each other.
In his new book, which blends popular anthropology, history, politics and travel, the subjects are three Asian tigers, China, Korea and Japan. Each has has endured occupation, war and devastation to become among the richest, most developed and powerful societies on Earth.
In this immensely readable and revealing book, he sets off on a journey by car, boat, train and plane through all three countries, ending up in a fourth, Taiwan, to find out why amicable relations have proved so elusive and what keeps the animosity and conflicts smouldering.
‘Two tigers cannot change the same mountain’ Chinese proverb