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Best Books About China

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Oracle Bones
A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Peter Hessler - Apr 25, 2006
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From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. That sense of time—the contrast between pa...
Wild Swans
Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang - Sep 01, 1991
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Three remarkable women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--struggle to survive in a true-life saga that spans 20th-century China with all its violence: wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval. A thrilling adventure story, Wild Swans is an important work of history, and a breathtaking testimony to the human spirit. 16 pages of photograp...
China in the 21st Century
What Everyone Needs to Know®
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom - Apr 09, 2018
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In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know(R), Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world's newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China's meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. Fr...
Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Leslie T. Chang - Aug 04, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these worker...
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Evan Osnos - May 05, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalistWinner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfictionAn Economist Best Book of 2014Winner of the bronze medal for the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2015 Arthur Ross Book AwardA vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see Chin...
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Country Driving
A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)
Peter Hessler - Feb 08, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy, on the human side of the economic revolution in China. In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tr...
The Rape of Nanking
The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Iris Chang - Jan 10, 2012 (first published in 1997)
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The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what ...
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Out of Mao's Shadow
The Struggle for the Soul of a New China
Philip P. Pan - Jun 23, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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Now in paperback, an intimate, elegant account of a society in turmoil: the most important book in a generation about the Chinese people and their long, heartbreaking battle for political freedom. Out of Mao’s Shadow offers a startling perspective on China and its remarkable transformation, challenging conventional wisdom about the political apath...
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Street of Eternal Happiness
Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
Rob Schmitz - Jan 01, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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An unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of Shanghai, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China.Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opp...
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1
The Golden Days
Cao Xueqin - Mar 30, 1974 (first published in 1791)
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"The Story of the Stone" (c. 1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortune...
Travel to China
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
Josh Summers - Jan 18, 2019
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Are you planning to travel to China? Whether you're still weighing the decision or you've already purchased your tickets, this unique travel guide is an indispensable resource for any China traveler.As the title says, this is everything you need to know before you travel to China - the things that other major travel guides somehow expect you to kno...
The Souls of China by Ian Johnson
Red China Blues by Jan Wong
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
China in Ten Words by Yu Hua
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
AI Superpowers by Kai-fu Lee
Life and Death in Shanghai by Cheng Nien
River Town by Peter Hessler
On China by Henry Kissinger
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop
Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu
The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R. Platt
Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash
Wealth and Power by Orville Schell
China by Harold M. Tanner
A Hero Born by Jin Yong
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop
The Third Revolution by Elizabeth C. Economy
Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
The Party by Richard McGregor
The Last Days of Old Beijing by Michael Meyer
Every Step a Lotus by Dorothy Ko
Lonely Planet China by Lonely Planet
The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China by Lu Xun
Mao by Jung Chang
Postcards from Tomorrow Square by James Fallows
China by John Keay
Foundations of Chinese Civilization by Jing Liu
China by Susan L. Shirk
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
Jade King by Huo da
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
The Dragon's Gift by Deborah Brautigam
Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
Shanghai by Stella Dong