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The imminent collapse of the People's Republic of China has been foretold for years. Just as often, though, it has been predicted to be the future ruler of the world.
But despite the endless stream of soothsayers, there has been no single book that pulls together the whole of the China story, linking its very disparate elements to present a coherent portrait that explains what China is and why it matters so much. In this compelling and lucid account based on years of research and first-hand experience, rooted in on-the-ground reporting, interviews, observations, and a viewpoint that sees the country from the inside out, leading journalist and China expert Jonathan Fenby links the myriad features of today's rapidly evolving China. By seeing China as a wholeespecially its history and involvement with the Westand connecting the dots, Fenby intelligently looks into its future, both internally and in relation to the rest of the world.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Jonathan Fenby is the author of such books as the acclaimed Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost and Modern China. Previously he was the editor of both the Observer and the South China Morning Post.
Table of Contents
Key Economic Charts and Currency Rates xiii
1 Never Before 1
2 A Nation on Speed 19
3 Riding the Rail 36
4 Mega-China 47
5 The Motley Nation 72
6 The Giant Hotpot 85
7 On the Edge 112
8 Power Control 133
9 How China Grew 164
10 Owning History 195
11 Shadows of the Past 209
12 The World and China 234
13 China and the World 260
14 The Last Frontier 277
15 Lack of Trust 293
16 Cracks in the Mirror 321
17 The Price of Success 347
18 The Unfinished Revolution 371
Select Bibliography 402
What People are Saying About This
"A one-stop overview of China's politics, economics, society, international relations, history, environmental issues, corruption, and new leadership." Wall Street Journal, Scene Asia
"Any businessman heading for China will find the book a great briefing." Sunday Times