The crucial book for understanding modern China, now updated to include the rule of Xi Jinping.
Jonathan Fenby has edited the Observer, the South China Morning
Post and Reuters World Service as well as holding senior positions
at the Economist, Independent and Guardian.
His books include Generalissimo- Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost, Dealing with the Dragon- A Year in the New Hong Kong, The General- Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, The History of Modern France andTiger Head, Snake Tails- China Today, How It Got There and Where It is Heading.
He is currently Managing Partner and China Director of the analytical service Trusted Sources. He was a made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000 for services to journalism and is a knight of both the Legion d'honneur and the French Order of Merit.
His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability
- the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all
Jonathan Fenby's ... illuminating book [is] the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th
[It] reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people ... [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail
Taut, anecdote-studded ... a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches
For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better
A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read