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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: Beijing Welcomes You is a portrait of the future. The city of Beijing embodies China's rise as a political and cultural superpower, and during his stay from 2004 to 2010, Tom Scocca attempts to make sense of Beijing as it modernizes at a dizzying pace. He converses with architects, athletes, and artists, but Scocca is at his best when he's discussing the 2008 Olympics--China's boldest push yet for national identity and international recognition. Scocca isn't interested in generalizations, and, in fact, takes great pleasure dismantling them (on the stereotype that China is tradition-bound: "A thirty-year-old Chinese citizen has seen more disruption and change than a sixty-two-year-old American has; a sixty-year-old Chinese citizen has seen more than a two-hundred-year-old American would have"), while his personal experiences give a human touch to his often unflattering sociological analyses. But Scocca knows when to defer to the real star of the book, Beijing itself. It's a constantly changing, overwhelming city that may be the strongest signal of things to come, not just in China but all over the world. --Kevin Nguyen
If you are going to Beijing, or anywhere in China, buy this book. As a caucasian american traveling to Beijing, his experiences were true to my own. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by N8
Perhaps I read a different book than most of the other reviewers, but I only wish I could get my wasted time back. The writing is abysmal and the content inane. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by D. Connor
Scocca's nonfiction account of the time leading up to the Beijing Olympics is a portrait of a particular moment in a particular place, and does a very good job of that mission. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by E. Southard
As a frequent visitor to Beijing- a city I love- some of this is a bit familiar. On the other hand, much of it is not. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Todd M. Steed
Having visited China for the first time in the spring of 2011, with most of the days of my visit in Beijing, and having been very impressed by the modernity of the city and the... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by avid reader
Anybody looking for an in-depth, meaty factual holograph of Beijing in the early 21st century should probably exit through the gift shop right now; that's not really what Scocca's... Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Forrest L. Norvell
I was disappointed in this book,especially as to the attitude I feel the author brings to the subject. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Leesburg, VA