"a lively and vigorous primer" - Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books
"Wasserstrom is a sure-footed guide through the thickets of China's history and the turbo-driven landscape of its current affairs. Indispensable reading."
Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China: Lessons from Shanghai
"Readers who know a fair bit about China already will be left better informed, looking at what they already knew in another light. Readers new to the subject couldn't start in a better place."
"Wasserstrom, a preeminent scholar of Chinese history, here provides a useful resource for those who want a greater understanding of the how and why of China's emergence as a global power."
"Wasserstrom has accomplished a remarkable feat: melding the insights from deep scholarly immersion in history with an up-to-the-minute grasp on contemporary developments in China and beyond. Written in a crisp prose ... questions big and small, alarmingly complex and deceptively simplefrom who Confucius was to how the Communists defeated the Nationalists and whether China was bent on world dominationare answered with aplomb and precision."
Haiyan Lee, Stanford University
"Jeffrey Wasserstom has found the perfect collaborator in Maura Cunningham. Together, they have produced, analyzed, and digested more of the best research on China's past and present than a reader could ever hope to match. And now they have taken on the hardest question of all: What truly matters most in understanding China? In this crystalline and up-to-date edition, they have given us the answers. I keep this book within reach at all times."
Evan Osnos, China Correspondent, The New Yorker Magazine, Beijing