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Yes, it happened first in China. What? Almost everything...
on March 2, 2015
Simon Winchester does a terrific job of bringing his subject to life. This is a fascinating biography of a Brit who became intrigued with Chinese culture. I couldn't put it down (even though I usually prefer literary novels).
You'll learn about innumerable things that Chinese people invented centuries before the West.
But perhaps the most unforgettable thing I learned from the book is how naive very intelligent people can be, and how easily fooled. A humbling insight into human nature.