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Shirk wrote a book in which she called China a "fragile superpower."
Fallows' comparisons between the situations in China, Japan and the U.S. account for some of his most original material.
I usually prefer a book with one narrative over a collection of essays, but in this case, the format works really well.
I enjoy the storytelling style of Mr. Fallows. He brings the world of China to life for the reader, giving it relevance and maintaining respect for the people about whom he writes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stewart Lee Beck
I was dreading reading this book for my world geography class last year, but it was actually extremely interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Morgan
I think this book provides a rather objective view of modern China. It neither flatters China nor stoops to common, western stereotypes.Published 20 months ago by Andy
While living in China between 2006 and 2008, James Fallows parses the Chinese economic engine for an American audience looking for a beyond the headline interpretation. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Silverstone
I bought this for my father. I know he likes it so I'm giving it 5 stars on his behalf.Published on March 8, 2013 by Lynne
Even though I got this book for my Chinese studies in school, I loved it and thought it was a well-written book.Published on February 10, 2013 by Ana Kieu
Fallows is a foreign journalist who lives in one of the most Westernized parts of China. He notes that not all of China has developed at the same rate as Shen Zhen, where he spends... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Elizabeth
I read the originals in Atlantic and enjoyed them very much then, with his American perspective around Asia, bolstered by actual living in China and elsewhere in Asia. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by T. Burket
So another writer attempts to explain China to us with a 3 year stay. Fallows is definitely more skillful than your run of the mill college graduate teaching English in China, and... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by bittermelon