Vividly illustrated with photographs that capture the paradox of an ancient culture remaking itself into a dynamic consumer society, Dragon Rising is a wonderfully written, well-rounded, wide-ranging portrait of China's problems and prospects.
Jasper Becker's previous book, The Chinese, was hailed as the best single-volume introduction to this enormous, inscrutable society. The Washington Post said, ''He has been everywhere and asked every question,'' describing his conclusions as ''right in both details and analysis.'' Since then, China's role in world affairs has only grown greater. As interest grows, Becker is the ideal guide to the profound changes that are already reshaping economic, diplomatic, and military strategies all over the globe.
Intertwining in-depth analysis with revealing anecdotal evidence, Becker addresses every major question. What form will China's government take? How will communism's legacy affect modernization? Can Shanghai's success with urban capitalism be replicated elsewhere? Will wholesale cultural and economic change be resisted by the millions facing sudden transition from an authoritarian state to a market-driven society? How will the new China cope with pollution, unemployment, and voracious demand for energy? Each chapter examines a specific region and such key local issues as poverty, minority unrest, and official corruption, then places them in the broader context of Chinese society as a whole.
Jasper Becker has worked as a foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, 14 of them based in Beijing, and has written four books on the region, including Hungry Ghosts (1996) and The Chinese (2000). He has written for The Independent, International Herald Tribune, the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, The New Republic, and BusinessWeek.
"...reads brilliantly... a must for anyone who wants an informed account of what's really going on." The Times (London)
"The photographic images alone make the book worthwhile." The Washington Times