‘The Wake Up Call’ shows how the current crisis 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 such as partisan showdowns in Congress or the fight over Brexit, countries like South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as China, have made extraordinary advances economically, technologically and politically. The weakness of the West has been brutally exposed as governments have failed the most basic test of keeping their citizens safe. As such, the coronavirus crisis has served to make government important again. Good government is now the difference between living and dying. Micklethwait and Wooldridge explain how we ended up in this mess and explore the possible routes out.