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on January 9, 2013
I was taken aback by how good this book is, given how little coverage it has attracted. Tom Miller is a first-time writer and therefore unknown, and his publication is an expensive offering mainly of interest to deep-pocketed investors. But the book is excellent. It eschews the over-written 'one big idea' books written by shady management consultants and all-too-slick China 'expert' to focus on the specifics of urbanization - a vastly important theme and a brilliant prism through which to view all kinds of essential topics, like energy, wealth & poverty, the government (local and central), the lesser-known megapolises like Chonqing and Wuhan, etc. I must say (and I worked in China for 12 years) I was stunned by the subtlety and insight of Miller's analysis. This guy knows his stuff - and he writes like a journalist from The Economist - lucidly and entertainingly. I suspect this book will become the connoisseur's choice for books about modern China, and all those not misled by so much of the derivative rubbish so often hyped by the China media industry. This is in the great tradition of China books by British authors, up there with Mr China (Tim Clissold), The Party (admittedly the author Richard McGregor is Aussie but works for the FT!), China shakes the world by James Kynge,etc.