The year before the global financial crisis, Goldman Sachs predicted China would surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in 2027. Journalist and scholar Martin Jacques wants to know just what this world will look like when China is at its economic and political helm.

In When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World, Jacques makes his case for China’s impending rise to the top. The data behind Jacques’ predictions that China will soon be the world’s largest economy is solid—though some may call his forecast conservative when considered alongside recent estimates byPriceWaterhouseCoopers that push the timeline forward to 2020 for China’s ascendancy.

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