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From the Publisher"An excellent, current guide to the challenges and dangers ahead for modern China. It describes, with verve and insight, why the 'China Dream' may lead to a chilly awakening. Fenby, a delightful writer, explains why China will not dominate the 21st Century with compelling critiques-and a sharp, clear summary of its economic and political challenges.'"
Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
"Jonathan Fenby offers a well-informed and balanced assessment of China's past and prospects, recognising its remarkable economic achievements but also noting the huge economic, social and political challenges it confronts. China will not, he concludes, dominate the world in the 21st century. He is almost certainly right."
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, the Financial Times
"A smart, wise, well written essay which answers with much common sense and learning one of the biggest questions of our time."
"In this brief but thought-provoking book, acclaimed China specialist Jonathan Fenby challenges and punctures a number of myths about China's rise and offers valuable insights its current dilemmas and unpredictable future. A stimulating 'must read' for all observers of the China scene."
David Shambaugh, George Washington University and the Brookings Institution
"Jonathan Fenby has managed a highly impressive feat: within a short and elegant text, he has pinpointed the real challenges facing China today if it is truly to become a global actor that will play a serious role in the coming century. The insights give us a road-map for what we might expect from this superpower in the making. A compelling and essential read from a premier China analyst."
Rana Mitter, author of China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
"China is a bubble in multiple ways - not least in the way its supposed never-ending rise is interpreted and understood in the west. Jonathan Fenby shows courage and insight in pricking the bubble in this important book."
"Fenby's thoughtful, balanced analysis of what China has achieved, how it has done so, and the challenges ahead is an excellent corrective to the surfeit of overly laudatory and excessively dire assessments of China's future and its implications for the world."
Thomas Fingar, Stanford University
"In this spirited and insightful book, Jonathan Fenby takes on the China bulls with a clear-eyed look at China’s dysfunctional political system, which does not appear up to the task of tackling the social, legal, economic, environmental, demographic and security challenges facing the country. Highly recommended."
Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University, author of The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China