44 Days Backpacking In China - The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century with the United States,Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass

44 Days Backpacking In China - The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century with the United States,Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass

by Jeff J. Brown

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Overview

China�s world perspective is for the most part totally alien to western conventions and assumptions. But no matter, this is their century, the twenty-first, and they are making the most of their time on the world�s stage, molding and shifting humanity�s script, for better and for worse� I�m hanging on for this wild adventure in the bowels of the new century China beast. You may not sense it, but wherever you are on Planet Earth, no matter how far away, no matter how out of sight or out of mind, so are you.

From 44 Days.

Much more than just a travelogue, 44 Days is an intimate dialogue with China�s peoples, their histories, regions, economies, cultures, work, foods and future. Unabashedly iconoclastic and a contrarian�s delight, Jeff brings down many a golden calf, as he writes as few travelers do - putting China�s relations and rapid arc of development in perspective with the United States and Europe, making 44 Days a fascinating and unique approach to today�s critically important world affairs. Traveling over 12,000km by train and bus, walking hundreds more, while climbing a few of those in vertical ascent, join Jeff as he reports from the ground up on the greatest socioeconomic transformation ever seen, 21st century China � our planet�s soon to be greatest superpower. How will Baba Beijing, China�s central government behave, while honoring its 2,200 year old Heavenly Mandate for 20% of the human race? After 500 years of being masters of the world, what will the great historical Industrial Age powers do in response - adapt or lash out? All of our standards of living and lifestyles, even our species� survival, depend on these soon to be events. Funny, enlightening & with an eye for the right details, 44 Days provides unique perspectives to these new century issues. It will keep you amused and thinking, as Jeff takes you traveling in, across and over five wild and wooly Western China provinces, face to face with the local people. Includes 125+ photos, maps and charts.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148438946
Publisher: 44 Days Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
File size: 98 KB

About the Author

Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He currently lives in Beijing with his wife and younger daughter, where he is an elementary school teacher in an international school. Jeff is a dual national French-American.where he is an elementary school teacher in an international school.

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