Age of Ambition

Age of Ambition

Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Book - 2014
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"A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation. From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--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 Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, 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, Osnos 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374280741
Branch Call Number: ANF 951.06 OSN
Characteristics: x, 403 pages : map ; 24 cm

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tirjan
Mar 21, 2017

Very interesting book. Osnos recounts the eight years he spent in China, about 2004 to 2012, give or take. He documents interviews with politicians. academics, artists, activists, even street peddlers and weaves a tale that is both informative and entertaining. First accepting a position in China for a US newspaper his primary personal objective was to improve his Chinese. He came away with a whole lot more.

sbeasley Apr 18, 2016

I think this book is so well written It is an amazing book about the real China the history ,the people and the struggles just to make it in a very communist country. I am listening it on tape and it just makes you proud that you are American despite all the things this country has and is going through right now. Just the story about the Taiwansese man who swims to become a Chinese citizen is captivating in itself. I highly recommend this book if you really want to understand what China is all about.

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JoanLChin
Feb 22, 2015

Read chs 1 & 2

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McCraft
Jan 15, 2015

An excellent book about contemporary China. A good understanding of the Chinese, their values and Chinese society in the 21st Century.

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patcarstensen
Dec 19, 2014

I thought the middle section dragged a little but overall the book gives insight into what is going on in China that I had not seen elsewhere.

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