Mann poses a third scenario: What will happen if Chinese capitalism continues to evolve and expand, but the government fails to liberalize? And why should this matter to Americans? Mann explores this possibility and offers a startling vision of our future with China that will have a profound impact for decades to come.
©2007 James Mann; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Like all good polemics, this one raises more questions than it answers....Is there no possibility of the Chinese middle classes, or at least part of them, joining forces with the country's long-suffering peasants to push for greater democracy? We will have to wait and see, but, in the meantime, Mann has done a fine job of making sure that we won't do so complacently." (The Washington Post's Book World)
BA English MA Political Science Political Independent Intellectually curious Critical reader
When you write a book like this you have to be cautious. It is easy to get too detailed, but you have to do a lot of heavy theoretical, historical, and cultural lifting. After about the first thirty minutes I was left with the impression that the author either didn't do the requisite research or was simply writing from his own myopic view point. This will never cut mustard in the academic word and I am not sure how it got through as a popular read, perhaps the title.
The main issue I have is the idea that the author lacks a complete understanding of evolutionary processes involved in economic growth and political development. He assumes that because China's growth is focused on the east coast sea trade that the interior of the country, where most of the peasant farmers are located, that the growth will not stretch westward. He doesn't seem to take into account that as economic development improves that the infrastructure on the interior will necessarily improve thus spreading growth and quickening communication and the transport of ideas. The concept is much too much to try and explain in this review, but, like this book, the tip of the iceberg has been offered in a nearly useless over simplification.
Note to the narrator, if you are going to say Chinese words and names at least pronounce them properly.
I have read several books lately on China and it's oncoming economic might. It's true, and this book does a really good job helping us to understand that.
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