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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 10 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 17 months ago by Harriet Huddle
Jasper Becker has spent decades in China and it shows with the level of detail within this book. I understand that there are many negative qualities about China that need to be... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Boston guy
Knowing nothing about China, I found this book to be a great and convincingly thorough introduction. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by J. Clark
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
Exceptional, concise, objectively written account of contemporary China. Becker gives insightful, insider's perspective to many facets of the political and economic functioning... Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by KRitch