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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Osnos, Evan

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Finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction. A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students desti...ned to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals--fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture--consider themselves angry youth, dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.
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ISBN 9780374535278
Released NZ 5 May 2015
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780374535278
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr
Imprint Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 5 May 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Osnos, Evan
Category Area / Regional Studies
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 951
Weight 318g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social change - China, China - Social conditions - 2000-, Authoritarianism - China, China - Civilization - 2002-, Economic development - China
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade