Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$17.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
9 Local Warehouse Travel Writing- General
12 Remote Warehouse Economics- General

China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power

by

China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power Cover

ISBN13: 9780812975246
ISBN10: 0812975243
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down.

In this utterly surprising and deeply personal book, acclaimed National Public Radio reporter Rob Gifford, a fluent Mandarin speaker, takes the dramatic journey along Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Gifford reveals the rich mosaic of modern Chinese life in all its contradictions, as he poses the crucial questions that all of us are asking about China: Will it really be the next global superpower? Is it as solid and as powerful as it looks from the outside? And who are the ordinary Chinese people, to whom the twenty-first century is supposed to belong?

Gifford is not alone on his journey. The largest migration in human history is taking place along highways such as Route 312, as tens of millions of people leave their homes in search of work. He sees signs of the booming urban economy everywhere, but he also uncovers many of the countrys frailties, and some of the deep-seated problems that could derail Chinas rise.

The whole compelling adventure is told through the cast of colorful characters Gifford meets: garrulous talk-show hosts and ambitious yuppies, impoverished peasants and tragic prostitutes, cell-phone salesmen, AIDS patients, and Tibetan monks. He rides with members of a Shanghai jeep club, hitchhikes across the Gobi desert, and sings karaoke with migrant workers at truck stops along the way.

As he recounts his travels along Route 312, Rob Gifford gives a face to what has historically, for Westerners, been a faceless country and breathes life into a nation that is so often reduced to economic statistics. Finally, he sounds a warning that all is not well in the Chinese heartlands, that serious problems lie ahead, and that the future of the West has become inextricably linked with the fate of 1.3 billion Chinese people.

“Informative, delightful, and powerfully moving . . . Rob Giffords acute powers of observation, his sense of humor and adventure, and his determination to explore the wrenching dilemmas of Chinas explosive development open readers eyes and reward their minds.”

-Robert A. Kapp, president, U.S.-China Business Council, 1994-2004

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

An acclaimed National Public Radio reporter takes a dramatic journey along China's Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Along the way, he poses crucial questions regarding China's future as a super power.

About the Author

Rob Gifford first went to China in 1987 as a twenty-year-old language student. He has spent much of the last twenty years studying and reporting there. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Beijing correspondent of National Public Radio, and he traveled all over China and the rest of Asia reporting for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He is now NPRs London bureau chief.

From the Hardcover edition.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Travel Maven, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by Travel Maven)
This compelling travel story is loaded with colorful characters, personal experiences, and provative opinions as the author travels from Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan along the northern fork of the ancient Silk Road. Depending on your spirit for adventure, it'll either make you want to pack your bags and go or scratch China off your list forever.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975246
Author:
Gifford, Rob
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
China Social life and customs.
Subject:
China Description and travel.
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT; MAP
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.78 in. .65 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time...
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. 1421: The Year China Discovered America
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Red China Blues: My Long March from... Used Trade Paper $7.50
  4. Curtis Creek Manifesto
    Used Pamphlet $4.95
  5. Why War Is Never a Good Idea
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  6. Hiroshima Used Mass Market $2.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » China
Travel » Asia » China
Travel » Sale Books
Travel » Travel Writing » General

China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$17.00 In Stock
Product details 352 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812975246 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An acclaimed National Public Radio reporter takes a dramatic journey along China's Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Along the way, he poses crucial questions regarding China's future as a super power.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.