It was therefore little wonder to me when I learned that the author is, in fact, a journalist and not a historian.
I think part of the reason I liked this book so much is the author comes right out and says that this topic is very hard to understand and that it will be a tough go.
All in all, a very good and readable book with balanced analysis, historical depth, and cultural explanations that make one feel the power of Chinese civilization.
I enjoyed reading this book. It summarizes a long history really well. Although it is a bit jumpy in places and doesn't quite stick to a straight timeline.Published 1 month ago by disillusioned
Perhaps nowhere is the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” more appropriate than in China. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Hoffman
I found this book in a local library. It appeared interesting so I decided to buy it by myself. But so far I haven't had time to sit down and read it so I can not comment on the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. M. MUROYAMA
I wanted a good, broad history of China, from shadow and legendary past to the glare and video of modern times. This was it. Look forward to launching from here into more detail. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amicus
This was a good one volume history of China, but with a little too much attention to the endless succession of dynasties and not enough on modern China. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Al Singh
On the whole, I would say that this is a very good book. I have read a bit about Chinese history when I was living there, and was very confused by certain epochs in ancient Chinese... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rajiv Chopra