The events described in the book will be familiar to anyone in China. But a book that ends with a confident prediction that anyone worrying about China's rise can stop doing so because the Chinese are inherently just too messed up owes us more than just the experience of the author. That prediction and historical references in the book assume the source of misbehavior encountered by the author lies in the DNA of the Chinese. That is a big assertion that needs way more evidence. My own experience tells me that attitudes and behavior in China change very rapidly. Today I think Shanghai is one of the cleanest and definitely safest mega-cities in the world. Shenzhen too stands out. Chengdu has become truly a lovely city. The noise situation, barking dogs, honking cars, drilling and construction is only marginally improving thus far. If you are sensitive to noise, better wait a while.
The author shows no sings of introspection. He never considers that when wherever he goes the behavior of his superiors is horrific, he is the one constant. Is there something in his behavior, an overabundance of righteousness, or an inability to criticize in a way that saves face for everyone, that explains his troubles? Maybe yes, maybe no, but I wonder if he has asked himself that question. Here too, we get half the story. Maybe he needs to expand the book to double its present size and publish also the expanded version, and I'll be happy to buy it too.