on February 10, 2014
You can essentially get all this book for free online. This book and the free .pdf file have only cosmetic differences. Do a Google search on the author, title and add '.pdf' , then save to your pc, Ipad etc.
Browse that pdf and compare to this book and decide if it's worth the money.
I do not feel it is fair to pay Amazon or anyone else for a document that I can obtain free of charge. The author should be compensated for their work, however. Perhaps he should have a webpage and a 'donate' button. I would gladly pay $5-7 for such a book. The price delta between free and what the publisher is charging, however, is outrageous.
About the book:
The book does a decent job of discussing cyber nationalism in China. There is little analysis, IMHO, but reads more like a book report or presentation of facts. A interesting thing is that the author speaks from the point of view of China's future leaders and not those of today. This is refreshing.
One of the best comments about researching China is a quote from this author.
"For a country that has had 26 dynasties (if the current CCP government is counted as one), more than 500 kings, emperors, or Chairmen, and countless political philosophies, it is literally possible to find evidence to support whatever theories that exist in the world. Likewise, one can also find convincing evidence to denounce all the "validated" theories. Communication theories are no exception. How should a researcher who is interested in the concept of "Chinese cyber nationalism" start from there? "
Other good books which only focus on China's cyberwar capabilities are:
This is free
CHINA'S CYBER POWER AND
AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY
by Colonel Jayson M. Spade
This is not free
The Chinese Government & People's Liberation Army's use of Information Warfare (IW) ~ Cyber Warfare
By William T. Hegestad Ii
This book outlines China's cyberwar theory by PLA officers
This is free
Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsu
The free books can be found by typing in the author(s) title, and '.pdf' and downloaded for free.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2007
First, scholars who are interested in the development of new media technologies and how this development has influenced and affected Chinese people in general and the government in particular will find this book highly useful. Graduate students of economic, sino, and international studies will benefit greatly as China has emerged once again as one of the leading countries in the world's economic marketplace over the past decade. Policy maker around the globe benefit as well, as it perfectly shows how powerful the Internet could be given this book's special focus. "Chinese cyber nationalism" also offers a broad overview of China's history from different perspectives, especially to less knowledgeable but interested readers. The author connects the political outlook to the technological media advancements and analyzes the ideological and social perspective of Chinese cyber nationalism. Most importantly, the book offers extensive insight in how the modern China, deeply rooted within its history, demands its place in the world as a leading and powerful country.