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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)

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ISBN13: 9780061804106
ISBN10: 006180410x
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In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China. Hessler writes movingly of the average people — farmers, migrant workers, entrepreneurs — who have reshaped the nation during one of the most critical periods in its modern history.

Country Driving begins with Hessler's 7,000-mile trip across northern China, following the Great Wall, from the East China Sea to the Tibetan plateau. He investigates a historically important rural region being abandoned, as young people migrate to jobs in the southeast. Next Hessler spends six years in Sancha, a small farming village in the mountains north of Beijing, which changes dramatically after the local road is paved and the capital's auto boom brings new tourism. Finally, he turns his attention to urban China, researching development over a period of more than two years in Lishui, a small southeastern city where officials hope that a new government-built expressway will transform a farm region into a major industrial center.

Peter Hessler, whom The Wall Street Journal calls "one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China," deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world.

Review:

"Exceptionally moving.... Hilarious.... An absolutely terrific book, at once highly entertaining and deeply instructive....Country Driving is a wonderful book about China that also happens to be a terrific book about the human race." The Huffington Post

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"Peter Hessler, a modern Marco Polo crossing China in a rented Jeep Cherokee, has witnessed signs and wonders worthy of a Coen brothers film.... Every so often, I read a book that upends my perceptions about a place. This is one of them." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Review:

"Delightful.... Epic.... The reporting in Country Driving is impressive in its scope.... Hessler delivers eloquent disquisitions on everything from how to buy a used car in China to the history of the Mongol conquest." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A fascinating road trip through a land in transition.... Hessler's description of China's new drivers is hilarious.... Country Driving tells us as much about contemporary China even when Hessler is not on the road." The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Hessler has made a career of interpreting contemporary China and, for my money, nobody does it better.... Hessler is a magnificent guide to this largely uncharted territory, witty, insightful, keenly aware of the ironies of this communist-capitalist society." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"The best yet from Peter Hessler, whose two earlier books, River Town and Oracle Bones, were exemplary forays into the genre.... Told with his characteristic blend of empathy, insight, and self-deprecating humor." Bloomberg News

Synopsis:

One of The Economist's Best Books of the Year

From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy on the human side of the economic revolution in China.

Peter Hessler, whom the Wall Street Journal calls "one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China," deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world.

About the Author

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, and Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting.

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Austin Volz, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Austin Volz)
Country Driving strikes the perfect balance between a book that is informative and also entertaining. Through Hessler's stories the reader gains a look into China that lacks condescension, judgment, or arrogance but rather shows what a multifaceted country China is. The book suits both those who think of China as a foreign country on the other side of the world and those who may have lived there for many years, offering the former a look into China far different from the news accounts and offering the latter a way to express previously indescribable parts of China.
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jepeb, April 9, 2011 (view all comments by jepeb)
I am constantly searching for books in catagories I don't normally read. This sounds like a fun addition to my wish list!
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Joan Rabe, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by Joan Rabe)
This is the best travel book AND the best book about China that I've read in a long time. Mr. Hessler helps us understand the people he gets to know, how they're shaping their world, and how their world shapes them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061804106
Subtitle:
A Chinese Road Trip
Author:
Hessler, Peter
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20110208
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 9 x 0.25 in 11.52 oz
Age Level:
from 3 to 8

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Product details 448 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061804106 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Exceptionally moving.... Hilarious.... An absolutely terrific book, at once highly entertaining and deeply instructive....Country Driving is a wonderful book about China that also happens to be a terrific book about the human race."
"Review" by , "Peter Hessler, a modern Marco Polo crossing China in a rented Jeep Cherokee, has witnessed signs and wonders worthy of a Coen brothers film.... Every so often, I read a book that upends my perceptions about a place. This is one of them."
"Review" by , "Delightful.... Epic.... The reporting in Country Driving is impressive in its scope.... Hessler delivers eloquent disquisitions on everything from how to buy a used car in China to the history of the Mongol conquest."
"Review" by , "A fascinating road trip through a land in transition.... Hessler's description of China's new drivers is hilarious.... Country Driving tells us as much about contemporary China even when Hessler is not on the road."
"Review" by , "Hessler has made a career of interpreting contemporary China and, for my money, nobody does it better.... Hessler is a magnificent guide to this largely uncharted territory, witty, insightful, keenly aware of the ironies of this communist-capitalist society."
"Review" by , "The best yet from Peter Hessler, whose two earlier books, River Town and Oracle Bones, were exemplary forays into the genre.... Told with his characteristic blend of empathy, insight, and self-deprecating humor."
"Synopsis" by ,

One of The Economist's Best Books of the Year

From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy on the human side of the economic revolution in China.

Peter Hessler, whom the Wall Street Journal calls "one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China," deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world.

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