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James Kynge brings an evocative personal perspective to China and the Chinese. The former Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing also has a topic which is vast and important – the book’s publisher has classified it as history, not business. The themes – not least how it has taken a nominally socialist bureaucracy to destroy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of foreign capitalists’ intellectual property – are intriguing, amusing and insightful. The book also bravely touches on issues such as the way China is ravaging the environment, its own and that of its neighbours. A rare buy-two-copies-and-give-one-to-a-friend book that is far better than the much-hyped The World is flat, by Thomas L. Friedman, which takes a rather banal conceit and milks it dry.
Subtitle: THE RISE OF A HUNGRY NATION
Author: JAMES KYNGE