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17/09/13 China: A Reading List - Log In Register Now Home Page Today's Paper Video Most Popular U.S. Edition Global Edition (Chinese) Ì5J Search All Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Business Day World U.S. N.Y. / Region Business Technology Science Health Sports Opinion Arts Style Travel Jobs Real Estate Autos November 29, 2010, 8:15 am 14 Comments China: A Reading List By DAVID LEONHARDT 1/7 17/09/13 Chin
  17/09/13China: A Reading List - Log InRegister NowHome PageToday's PaperVideoMost PopularU.S. EditionGlobal Edition Ì      5       J       (Chinese)Search All NYTimes.comTuesday,September 17, 2013 BusinessDay WorldU.S.N.Y. / RegionBusinessTechnologyScienceHealthSportsOpinionArtsStyleTravelJobsReal EstateAutosNovember 29, 2010, 8:15 am14 Comments China: A Reading List  By DAVID LEONHARDT   17/09/13China: A Reading List - Beforemy recent trip to China, I read parts or all of a range of books on the country. Below is a list of suggested reading for anyone else who’s interested. It is by no means exhaustive, and I would welcomefurther suggestions from readers and other bloggers.Perhaps my favorite book was“Out of Mao’s Shadow,”by Philip P. Pan, the former Washington Postcorrespondent in Beijing. Mr. Pan has a keen eye for detail and is fluent in Chinese. The depth andsubtlety of his stories would have been very difficult to capture through a translator. The book tellsindividual stories that, together, offer an excellent window on China from 2000 to 2007.Strangely, there is no good English-language biography of Deng Xiaoping. In its stead, I enjoyed thelatter parts of Jonathan Fenby’s“The Penguin History of Modern China.”Mr. Fenby is the formereditor of the British paper The Observer and of The South China Morning Post. He has also worked atThe Economist, The Independent, The Guardian and Reuters.James Fallows’s reporting from the boom towns of southern China, which srcinally appeared in TheAtlantic, helped persuade me to focus my time elsewhere. I didn’t want to have to compete with hiswork. That work (and then some) has been collected in the book “Postcards From Tomorrow Square.”Deborah Fallows, who is married to Mr. Fallows, has also written a book, on learning Mandarin —“Dreaming in Chinese”. Though I haven’t yet read it, it boasts a dream team of blurbs — from theeconomist Laura Tyson, the journalists Evan Osnos and David Ignatius and the longtime China expertOrville Schell, among others.Jonathan Spenceis the dean of Western historians of China. He has written everything from a sweepingtextbook on China’s history to detailed narratives of little-known episodes from that history. I enjoyedboth his slim biography of Mao, called simply “Mao Zedong,” and his book on the history of the West’srelationship with China, “The Chan’s Great Continent: China in Western Minds.”Pranab Bardhan, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley, has written a comparison of China and India called “Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay.” Some of it is likely to be too technical for alay reader. But just skip those parts. Most of the book is quite accessible.Leslie Chang and Peter Hessler, who are married, have produced some wonderful reporting from Chinaover the last decade. Ms. Chang, who was a Wall Street Journal correspondent, wrote “Factory Girls,” abook about young women working in factories. Mr. Hessler, of The New Yorker, has written threebooks about China, including“River Town.”James Kynge, a former Financial Times correspondent, wrote“China Shakes the World,”which oneleading China expert recommended as the single best book on the country’s economy. It’s several yearsold now but remains a very good read.Richard McGregor, also of The Financial Times, peeks inside the workings of the modern CommunistParty in“The Party.” As he notes, the party — China’s dominant organization — tends to receive lessattention than it deserves, in part because of its secretiveness.Edgar Snow’s “Red Star Over China” is the classic and sympathetic account of the Communists’ rise topower, based in large part on interviews with Mao. Much of the book takes place in Shaanxi province,where I spent time on my trip.This isn’t a book (and I’m not objective), but The Times’s team of foreign correspondents continues toproduce incredible work, as they have for years.The China pageon is a good place tostart.Finally, I’d recommend picking up the Zagat’s guide to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. I ate several  17/09/13China: A Reading List - fabulous, cheap meals based on its recommendations. Obviously, it won’t point you to restaurants whereyou’re likely to be the only Westerner. But it will point you to places that are not tourist traps. At aHunan restaurant in Shanghai, for instance, the crowd was maybe 10 to 20 percent Western. 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