Blind into Baghdad ) offers a candid outsider’s take on contemporary China in this entertaining and richly illustrated investigation of what distin"/>

Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

James M. Fallows, Author . Vintage $14.95 (262p) ISBN 978-0-307-45624-3

Fallows (Blind into Baghdad ) offers a candid outsider’s take on contemporary China in this entertaining and richly illustrated investigation of what distinguishes China from other Asian nations and what causes the dissonance between how China sees itself and how it is viewed by the rest of the world, particularly the U.S. The author’s range is admirably broad—he takes on Chinese reality television, school systems, incisive economic analysis—and uncovers a raft of surprising similarities between the East and West. Fallows compares Shenzhen—the manufacturing and migration capital of southern China—to New York, where once you’ve left the airport and stashed your suitcase, it’s difficult to tell if you’re a tourist or a native. In the gambling mecca of Macau (whose revenues recently exceeded those of Las Vegas), the author finds strains of Atlantic City. What Fallows lacks in expertise, he makes up for in a truly global vision and a magician’s chest of social, economic and political insight. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/17/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
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