About Eamonn Fingleton
Author of In the Jaws of the Dragon; Unsustainable; In Praise of Hard Industries; Blindside; and the Penguin Money Book
Forty years of Foresight
A retrospective on Fingleton's record as a commentator
About In the Jaws of the Dragon
A 2008 book in which Fingleton challenges the Washington view that China is converging to Western values
About In Praise of Hard Industries
Published in 1999 and subtitled Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity, this was Fingleton's challenge to America's exaggerated hopes for the New Economy
About Blindside
Fingleton's controversial 1995 book on why the Japanese economic system is not capitalism -- and how "basket case" Japan secretly seized the lead in advanced manufacturing when Washington wasn't looking
About Unsustainable.org
Named for the headline over an article Fingleton published in the American Prospect in 2000, Unsustainable.org was founded in 2001 as the Internet's first site on America's trade disaster
Amazon.com on Hard Industries
Amazon's business editor named Hard Industries one of the ten best books of 1999
Business Week on Blindside
One of the best books of the year
Finding Fingleton's Books
Navigating Amazon's problematical catalog
中文 [For Chinese Speakers]
日本語 [For Japanese Speakers]

Archives 2001--2007

How the West Was Lost

Eamonn Fingleton's commentaries on the perils and delusions of globalism

I'VE MOVED TO WWW.FINGLETON.NET: Retrospective on a Decade of Unsustainable.org
Monday, November 01, 2010
I am moving to www.fingleton.net and will no longer post updates here. This is an appropriate point to take stock of how the Fingleton analysis has held up in the light of unfolding world events in the near ten years since I launched unsustainable.org.

The Times on Japan: Continuing Fallout
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Expert observers Holstein, Fallows, and Baker express their dismay. By Eamonn Fingleton

More Nonsense from the New York Times on Japan's "Lost Decades"
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Times says Japan is "disheartened." It hasn't looked at Japan's trade figures -- or America's.

Lessons from the Sublime Porte: How to Lose an Empire
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Current U.S. trade policies were first tried by the Ottoman empire. America's decline is proceeding even faster.

Myths of the Japanese Economy
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Press coverage of the Japanese economy has never been more misinformed.

Edwin Reischauer: An Ambassador Who Lied to his Country
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
John Kennedy's ambassador to Japan, Edwin Reischauer, is the subject of a new biography. Unfortunately the author's agenda has little to do with the truth.

Germany: The Big Engine that Could
Monday, March 01, 2010
When the global economic crisis began in 2008, many commentators predicted Germany would be among the worst hit. In reality, Germany has excelled not only in maintaining high levels of employment but strong exports. By Eamonn Fingleton

Book Review: Pat Choate's Dangerous Business
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Other writers have taken shots at globalism but few if any have come to the subject with a greater depth of experience or a more acute intellect than Pat Choate. By Eamonn Fingleton

How the Press Stabbed Detroit in the Back
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This article appears in the current issue of CounterPunch. E.F.

I Told You So (Cont'd)
Saturday, April 04, 2009
In 1999 I wrote a book that foreshadowed the collapse of America's great New Economy stock market boom of the late 1990s. I went on in 2003 to publish a paperback version with a new introduction -- an introduction whose prescience has also stood the test of time. This is it verbatim. E.F.

A Reviewer Who Has Read the Book
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The American radio industry's top liberal talk show host has had some nice things to say about my book on China. That's flattering. What's even more flattering is that he has read the book. Really read it, that is. EF

The Complaisant Watchdog: The Press and the Madoff Scandal
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The fact that the Madoff swindle went on so long speaks volumes about the competence of American financial journalism. This article first appeared in the February 1-15 issue of CounterPunch. EF

The Wrong-way Corrigans who Engineered the U.S. Train Wreck
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
America's decline counts as probably the most precipitate in history. So who's to blame? America's ideology-blinded media have a lot to answer for. E.F.

A Message for the Times: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The New York Times prides itself on its uniquely high standards of accuracy and fairness. So why did its overseas edition take so long to correct the record when I was misrepresented a year ago? E.F.

Reactions to my Chang/Kamen Review
Monday, December 15, 2008
My review of Paula Kamen's recent biography of Iris Chang was posted at CounterPunch.org just two days ago. Reader reaction has been fast and sometimes furious. E.F.

What the Persecution of the Falun Gong Tells Us about New China
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Even if the globalist-minded American press would prefer not to notice, the Beijing authorities continue to persecute the Falun Gong. Yet the movement's only known "offense" is that it is not controlled by the Communist Party. E.F.

Iris Chang: Elegy for a Brave Writer
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Iris Chang was a Chinese-American author and historian who took her own life in 2004. As Paula Kamen recounts in a new biography, Chang had challenged the establishments of two of the world's most powerful nations. This is my review of Kamen's book as posted today at CounterPunch.org. E.F.

Detroit: A Riposte to the Bashers
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Detroit's problems are partly -- but only partly -- its own fault. Other actors, not least the smart-alecks of America's opinion-making industry, have played a crucial role in this tragedy. (This is a longer version of an article also available at CounterPunch.org.) E.F.

Finance as the Economics of the Cancer Cell
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Much of my September 1999 book In Praise of Hard Industries was quickly vindicated when America's New Economy boom collapsed in 2000. But until recently my baleful analysis of the growth in financial services -- "the economics of the cancer cell," I called it -- remained controversial. Not anymore. My analysis can be read online via Amazon's Look Inside feature but, for convenience sake, here it is verbatim and in its entirety. E.F.

Boeing, Boeing....Gone: An Article Revisited
Monday, November 24, 2008
In a cover story in the American Conservative in 2005 I documented the remarkable degree to which East Asian governments have been persuading the Boeing corporation to transfer proprietary American aerospace technology. Soon afterwards Unsustainable.org crashed and it was intimated to me by someone who seemed to know that the problem had been instigated by political interests offended by my article. After a lapse of more than three years this person surfaced again today to hint that this website may soon be interfered with again. My response is to re- post the offending article, which, in view of America's current economic crisis, is more relevant than ever. E.F.

Pursuing Prosperity: Address to the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Friday, November 14, 2008
I was the keynote speaker at a conference in Kiev on November 13. Organized by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, the event focused on Ukraine's political and economic prospects. This is an abstract of my talk. E.F.

A Heated Banker and a Hurt Professor
Monday, November 03, 2008
Now that the American economy has been revealed to everyone (not just to readers of my books) as a house of cards, I thought it might be safe to suggest that things in 1990s Japan weren't all that bad. Two Tokyo-based observers have surfaced to divert attention from my argument. E.F.

Finance is Too Important to Be Left to Wall Street's Self-Interest
Monday, October 20, 2008
Getting the American economy back on solid ground will require new financial regulations. Goldman Sachs alums arent the people for the job. Article by Eamonn Fingleton as published in the American Conservative.

The Clark-Fingleton Discussion
Sunday, September 21, 2008
A riposte to a Tokyo-based educator on the foreign press's problems in reporting Japan.

Japan Then, America Now: A Misleading Comparison
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
America's economic crisis today is not like Japan's in the 1990s. It is far worse. (This article was first published in the Number 1 Shimbun, the magazine of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.)

Dangerous Business: A Devastating Account of the Down Side of Globalism
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Pat Choate has written the ultimate riposte to the radical globalists who dominate policy-making in Washington.

The Decline of the American Empire: An Expert Witness's Account
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Senator Ernest F. Hollings's recently published autobiography, Making Government Work, is wise, well-written, and consistently absorbing, writes Eamonn Fingleton.

Nanking: A Sequel to a Sequel to a Sequel
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Two letters published in the International Herald Tribune tendentiously mispresented my views on the Nanking massacre. The newspaper has now acknowledged its error but this is not apparent at its website.

Fingleton vs. China: The Empire Strikes Back
Sunday, March 02, 2008
In mid-December I wrote an editorial page article which, among other things, suggested that Beijing had cooperated with an intransigent policy by Tokyo of denying compensation to victims of Japan's war-time atrocities. Retribution came swiftly.

Jaws: A Note for Books Editors and Reviewers
Friday, February 29, 2008
There are problems at the Amazon page for Jaws.

REVISED PRESS RELEASE: In the Jaws of the Dragon
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The publisher's press release for In the Jaws of the Dragon has been revised. This is the new version.

A Quiet Anniversary: The Nanking Massacre Remembered -- and Forgotten
Monday, December 17, 2007
All conventional wisdom to the contrary, Japan and China cooperate closely in key policies, most notably trade. In return for economic favors from Tokyo, Beijing has never pursued claims for reparations over Japan's aggression of the 1930s and early 1940s. It has even blocked victims of the Nanking massacre suing Tokyo in international courts. [Article as published on the editorial page of the International Herald Tribune.]

America's Creativity Conceit
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
One of the biggest misconceptions in the American trade debate is the idea that America can count on superior creativity to stay ahead of the crowd.

The Untold Story of Japan's War Compensation Record
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Although it is well known that the Japanese media extensively censor themselves, foreign correspondents in Tokyo are often almost as hesitant to tell the whole truth. Here is the full story on one important aspect of Japanese policy that has long been the subject of particularly pervasive self-censorship both inside and outside Japan.

Why the Sun Is Still Rising
Friday, May 06, 2005
"Juggernaut Japan" of the '80s gave way, in the U.S. press, to a narrative of economic obsolescence. That's what the Japanese wanted us to believe. [Article first published in the May 6, 2005 issue of The American Prospect.]

The Anomalous Position of Christopher LaFleur
Wednesday, April 25, 2001
When the history of American trade policy is written, people will ask what the U.S. State Department was doing. An insight into the answer can be gleaned in the career of Christopher LaFleur. At a crucial time for US-Japan trade relations, he has served in Tokyo not only as the effective head of the American embassy but, also reportedly, as the local chief of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Political Advantage: Japan's Campaign for America
Saturday, September 01, 1990
This classic article on the Japan lobby by Pat Choate, which was first published in the September-October 1990 issue of the Harvard Business Review, is presented here with the permission of the author.