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Jonathan SpenceBy using the word "postcards" for the title of this lively collection of a dozen reports written between the summers of 2006 and 2008…he seems to be alerting readers to expect vignettes rather than extended essays. But readers shouldn't be put off by the word, because Fallows does manage to give us panoramic views of China that are both absorbing and illuminating. If these reports are "postcards," it is only in the Chinese sense—the three characters commonly used to translate "postcard" (ming xin pian) literally mean something more like "exposed letter card" or "open letter." That may not quite be an expose, but it's certainly more than a quick note.
—The New York Times