Age of Ambition : Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China Paperback
by Evan Osnos
*WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2014*A young army captain who risked execution to swim from free-market Taiwan to Communist China. A barber who made $150 million in the gambling dens of Macau.
The richest woman in China, a recycling tycoon known as the `Wastepaper Queen'. Age of Ambition describes some of the billion individual lives that make up China's story - one that unfolds on remote farms, in glittering mansions, and in the halls of power of the world's largest authoritarian regime.
Together they describe the defining clash taking place today: between the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. Here is a China infused with a sense of boundless possibility and teeming romance.
Yet it is also riven by contradictions. It is the world's largest buyer of Rolls Royces and Ferraris yet the word `luxury' is banned from billboards.
It has more Christians than members of the Communist Party. And why does a government that has lifted more people from poverty than any other so strictly restrain freedom of expression? Based on years of research, Age of Ambition is a stunning narrative that reveals China as we have never understood it before.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/05/2015
- Category: Politics & government
- ISBN: 9780099589976
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Review by jasonli
A great summary of modern China over the past 10-15 years from what many consider to be one of the best China watchers of this decade. Wonderful stories of real people (from the average English learner to media moguls) alongside a compelling narrative of the competing values of unbounded growth and authoritarian rule.