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Author Evan Osnos and his new book about China. (Screenshot from Asiasociety.org)
Author Evan Osnos and his new book about China. (Screenshot from Asiasociety.org)

New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos describes the clash between the rise of the individual and the Chinese Communist Party’s struggle to keep power in his new book, based on working in Beijing for eight years.

The following editorial reviews give you a taste of this witty commentary on the sociological shifts happening in modern China. Watch this video of Osnos discussing the book with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

  • “[Osnos] adeptly chronicles… China’s 35-year journey from poverty and collective dogmatism to a dynamic if cut-throat era of competition, self-promotion, and materialism.”—Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
  • “Evan Osnos gives us 21st-century China the way the best American journalists gave us the Gilded Age—he introduces us to outsized characters, tells tales of aspiration, success, and defeat, rakes the muck of corruption and repression, and captures the tremendous energy, as well as the darker impulses, of a society in the throes of a historic transformation.” —George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate and The Unwinding
  • “How often have travelers asked: ‘What is the one book about China that I should read before I depart?’ Alas, for years I have had no good answer to this question. But now, Evan Osnos has provided a stellar candidate. Wonderfully engaging, readable, and informative, this vivid tableau of actors from all walks of Chinese life goes a long way to helping us make sense out of the often confusing complexity that is today’s China.” —Orville Schell, coauthor of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century
  • “For most of a decade, Evan Osnos has been one of the most energetic, skilled, and thoughtful observers of China. Whether he’s accompanying Chinese tourists to the Best Western in Luxembourg, or watching Ai Weiwei blur the lines between performance and protest, Osnos is always engaging. This is a wonderful book.” —Peter Hessler, author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze and Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
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