By James Fallows
From Publishers Weekly
Starred assessment. Fallows (Blind into Baghdad) deals a candid outsiders tackle modern China during this wonderful and richly illustrated research of what distinguishes China from different Asian international locations and what motives the dissonance among how China sees itself and the way it really is seen by way of the remainder of the realm, fairly the U.S. The authors diversity is admirably broad—he takes on chinese language fact tv, tuition structures, incisive financial analysis—and uncovers a raft of unusual similarities among the East and West. Fallows compares Shenzhen—the production and migration capital of southern China—to manhattan, the place as soon as youve left the airport and stashed your suitcase, its tough to inform if youre a vacationer or a local. within the playing mecca of Macau (whose sales lately surpassed these of Las Vegas), the writer unearths traces of Atlantic urban. What Fallows lacks in services, he makes up for in a really international imaginative and prescient and a magicians chest of social, financial and political perception. (Jan.)
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Fallows, nationwide correspondent for the Atlantic per thirty days, lived in Asia for a interval within the Eighties, vacationing China sometimes. starting in the summertime of 2006, he and his spouse moved there, and he was once in a position to witness firsthand the adjustments that introduced China from a kingdom of drabness and conformity to an rising economic climate and foreign monetary strength participant. He used to be there as China ready for the Olympics, dealing with overseas scrutiny of every thing from its repressive politics to its polluted surroundings. He used to be additionally there because the state coped with a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province. during this sequence of articles, Fallows reviews on attention-grabbing developments and personalities in China—ambitious marketers and the increase in acclaim for fact exhibits on state-run tv. regardless of the Western view of a robust, single-minded China, Fallows provides a portrait of a major and intricate state with any such monstrous diversity of a while and local, geographic, and cultural modifications that it defies uncomplicated definition. --Vanessa Bush
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