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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

by Peter Hessler

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In this penetrating narrative account, Hessler investigates China's lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China's frantic industrialization.
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    China Airborne by James Fallows (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: In Country Driving, Peter Hessler uses China's emerging car culture as a lens into the country's development; in China Airborne, James Fallows does the same with China's airplane industry.
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    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream by Dan Washburn (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: Both journalists use imported Western devices and personal narratives (car culture in the case of Hessler and golf in Washburn's case) to take a look at China's development.
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  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
All I want to do is go back - and soon. ( )
  donhazelwood | Mar 11, 2022 |
Another gem by my favourite contemporary writer about China. This time he tackles driving, life in the northern countryside, and life in the Zhejiang factory zones. I hope he writes more books because I would read them. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
Better maps....that is my only complaint. A funny book and an excellent document of life in turn of the 21st century China, otherwise. I have still to read Oracle Bones and then the trilogy is complete. ( )
  untraveller | Dec 2, 2018 |
Illuminating journey that is by turns narrative an journalistic, sympathetic and critical. Amazing to think that over seventy percent of the world's anything might originate from a single factory town. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Aug 30, 2016 |
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In this penetrating narrative account, Hessler investigates China's lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China's frantic industrialization.

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