Books about China : page 8 (books 141 to 160)

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What does China think?, Mark Leonard, Fourth Estate, 2008

134 pages. 3.5 stars ISBN 1586484842 Details/purchase No illustrations Pinyin text Modern history book
There are a lot of books trying to place China in the modern World, this does better than most. Mark Leonard bases his insights on personal interviews rather than other books. He manages to demolish many myths and succinctly gets to the crux of the issues facing China. An absorbing read.
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When America first met China, Eric Jay Dolin, Liveright, 2013

394 pages. 2.0 stars ISBN 978-0871406897 Details/purchase B/W illustrations No characters History book Chinese traditions book
A disappointing read as it is not true to its title - there is virtually nothing about meetings of Chinese and American people. It is mainly about the American sea trade in general so there is a lot about such things as fur trading and tea clippers. Somehow the Opium Wars gets a lengthy treatment even this did not really affect the American trade in the drug. It does however cover the often neglected and shameful coolie trade. In general the book is all about the US sea trade where it effected China but you will learn very little about the Chinese point of view.
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When China rules the World, Martin Jacques, 2009, Allen Lane

549 pages. 1.5 stars ISBN 978-0140276046 Details/purchase B/W illustrations Pinyin text Modern history book
This is a tiresome book. A vitally important subject and a contentious title lead you to think this will be a rewarding experience. The author has a pompous and extremely wordy style that makes reading needlessly hard work. Buried in the random witterings about China's past, present and future are useful facts and perspectives but they are so hard to uncover that frustration rather than enlightenment is the outcome. It reads like a brain dump rather than a carefully prepared argument. Repetitions are numerous. It has 100 pages of notes and bibliography. Because learning about China's new place in the world is so important it must be concluded that with severe misgivings this book deserves to be read.

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star ratingOur overall star rating for the book up to five stars.
black and white illustrationsHas black and white illustrations, none in color.
colour illustrationsHas color illustrations, often has black and white illustrations too.
no Chinese textDoes not have Chinese text in it.
Chinese pinyin textUses the modern Pinyin system for romanizing Chinese text.
Chinese wade-giles textUses the old Wade Giles system for romanizing Chinese text.
Chinese characterIncludes Chinese characters.

Many books cover more than one topic, these icons reflect all topics it may touch on.

art bookCovers Chinese art.
history bookCovers Chinese dynastic history up to 1912.
modern history bookCovers Chinese modern history from 1912 into PRC.
Chinese traditions bookCovers Chinese traditions.
Chinese literatureA work of Chinese literature (translated into English).
Chinese languageAn introduction to learning the Chinese language.
Chinese philosophyCovers Chinese philosophy / religion.
Travel in ChinaUseful travel guide to China.

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