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Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present Hardcover – June 24, 2008

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“A sweeping, reasoned history…Essential desk-side reference to help with the sifting and understanding of the enormous changes taking place in a China poised between the old and the new.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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"[T]he most compelling and judicious account of China's phoenix years that is currently available. If it cannot exactly delight, it certainly impresses...a journalist's eye for detail, undemanding prose and a thunderous sense of narrative assure Jonathan Fenby of a triumph. The highly readable trounces the nigh unspeakable."
--Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Panoramic narrative... a wonderful resource...One does not often feel that an author has got it just about all covered but Mr. Fenby is approaching the mark."
--Far Eastern Economic Review

"His book is a powerful revisionist account of a country whose history needs to be understood if the west is to comprehend China's role in the present and future...That century-old dilemma of how to create a strong China in a world buffeted by global forces in painfully relevant today. Jonathan Fenby's account of how China has coped with that dilemma makes his illuminating book the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th."
--Financial Times

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