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"…reads brilliantly… a must for anyone who wants an informed account of what's really going on." The Times (London)
"The photographic images alone make the book worthwhile." The Washington Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Jasper Becker has worked as a foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, 14 of them based in Beijing, and has written four books on the region, including Hungry Ghosts (1996) and The Chinese (2000). Currently working for The Independent, (London), he has also contributed features to National Geographic Magazine, and many other periodicals, from the International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal to The Spectator, The New Republic, and BusinessWeek.
I will be traveling to China in late July 2014, so this book put me in the country ahead of schedule.
Solid overview of modern China's social and economic shaping in the past century and especially the past 10-20 years.
This is a very readable and accessible book.
The photos of today's China are some of the best you've ever seen and then you realize why. This book was put out by National Geographic. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brian Maitland
I am intrigued that the author could have lived there for 20 years. The book satisfied some of my curiosity, but I am left with a desire to know more.Published on June 28, 2013 by Harriet Huddle
Knowing nothing about China, I found this book to be a great and convincingly thorough introduction. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Stainless
An interesting text, though anything dealing with China becomes dated soon. I would recommend it. It offered many insights. The traveler in China will be particularly engaged.Published on April 3, 2012 by doryphoros
I broker commercial real estate and teach brokerage concepets to asian companies. This book gave me a look inside to the past 50 years of Chinese history. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by James, JingMu