By James Fallows
From Publishers Weekly
Starred evaluate. Fallows (Blind into Baghdad) bargains a candid outsiders tackle modern China during this exciting and richly illustrated research of what distinguishes China from different Asian international locations and what factors the dissonance among how China sees itself and the way it's seen via the remainder of the area, fairly the U.S. The authors variety is admirably broad—he takes on chinese language fact tv, college platforms, incisive fiscal 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 long island, the place as soon as youve left the airport and stashed your suitcase, its tricky 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 reveals traces of Atlantic urban. What Fallows lacks in services, he makes up for in a very 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 month, 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 used to be capable of witness firsthand the alterations that introduced China from a kingdom of drabness and conformity to an rising financial system and foreign monetary energy participant. He was once there as China ready for the Olympics, dealing with overseas scrutiny of every thing from its repressive politics to its polluted atmosphere. He used to be additionally there because the state coped with a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province. during this sequence of articles, Fallows experiences on attention-grabbing traits and personalities in China—ambitious marketers and the increase in acclaim for truth exhibits on state-run tv. regardless of the Western view of a strong, single-minded China, Fallows provides a portrait of an important and intricate country with the sort of gigantic variety of a long time and local, geographic, and cultural alterations that it defies easy definition. --Vanessa Bush