Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionPulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nfictionAn Ecomist Best Book of 2014 Winner of the bronze medal for the Council on Foreign Relations 2015 Arthur Ross Book Award A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global ecomy-or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Oss was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, ecomic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals-fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture-consider themselves angry youth, dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Oss follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.
- Author BiographyEvan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the China correspondent from 2008 to 2013. He is the winner of two Overseas Press Club awards and the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2008. He lives in Washington, D.C.
- Author(s)Evan Osnos
- PublisherFarrar Straus Giroux
- Date of Publication13/05/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar Straus Giroux
- Content Notemaps, frontispiece
- Weight644 g
- Width162 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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