Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Five Good Short Books on China

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine and author, most recently, of China's Brave New World — And Other Tales for Global Times.

Not so long ago he published an article in Outlook India about preparing for the forthcoming Beijing Games ... with a reading program.

Now he's come up with a list of "Five Good Short Books on China: A Guide for Readers with Limited Attention Spans."

One title to make the list:
The State of China Atlas

Cultural studies specialist Stephanie Donald and political scientist Robert Benewick’s map-filled and graph-packed overview of a wide range of features of contemporary Chinese society — a nice 128 page primer on what’s been going on in the PRC since Mao’s death.
Read about the other books on Wasserstrom's list.

The Page 69 Test: China's Brave New World.

--Marshal Zeringue