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Dragon Rising

An Inside Look at China Today

Published by National Geographic
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
LIST PRICE £8.49

Becker is the ideal guide to the profound changes within China that are reshaping global economic, diplomatic, and military strategies. He weaves analysis with anecdotes to address today's pressing uncertainties: How will China cope with pollution, unemployment, and demand for energy? What form will its government take? Can Shanghai's success with urban capitalism be replicated elsewhere? Each chapter focuses on a specific region and its local issues - minority unrest, poverty, corruption - then places them in the broader context of China society as a whole. 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.

  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 16, 2007)
  • Length: 264 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426202100