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Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today (edition 2006)

by Jasper Becker

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Title:Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today
Authors:Jasper Becker
Info:National Geographic (2006), Hardcover, 264 pages
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I'd like to give this book 3.5 stars, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and round up. This book manages to give a solid, fact-supported account of the story of where China has been, where it is today, and where it may go. It looses some points though because the facts appear in such large clumps that one can't digest them all at once. At first I tried, but my attention would drift I'd have lost the thread of what the facts were about by the time Becker returned to the narrative. I found the book much more engaging when I skimmed over the denser fact-clumps. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792261933, Hardcover)

Jasper Becker's book, The Chinese, was hailed as the best single-volume introduction to this enormous, inscrutable society. The Washington Post said, "He has been everywhere and asked every question," describing his conclusions as "right in both details and analysis." Since then, China's role in world affairs has only grown greater.

No nation on Earth is as newsworthy as 21st-century China—and no book could be timelier than Dragon Rising, appearing just as world attention begins to focus on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and China's all-out effort to present itself as a modern world power. As interest grows, Becker is the ideal guide to the profound changes that are already reshaping economic, diplomatic, and military strategies all over the globe.

Intertwining in-depth analysis with revealing anecdotal evidence, Becker addresses every major question. What form will China's government take? How will communism's legacy affect modernization? Can Shanghai's success with urban capitalism be replicated elsewhere? Will wholesale cultural and economic change be resisted by the millions facing sudden transition from an authoritarian state to a market-driven society? How will the new China cope with pollution, unemployment, and voracious demand for energy? Each chapter examines a specific region and such key local issues as poverty, minority unrest, and official corruption, then places them in the broader context of Chinese society as a whole.

Vividly illustrated with photographs that capture the paradox of an ancient culture remaking itself into a dynamic consumer society, Dragon Rising is a wonderfully written, well-rounded, wide-ranging portrait of China's problems and prospects.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:04 -0400)

A Beijing-based correspondent offers an analysis of modern-day China that encompasses a study of where it stands today, where it is going, and its influence as it evolves into a global economic force, assessing its changing economic, diplomatic, political, and military strategies and their global implications.… (more)

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