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Three thousand years of Chinese history in an accessible and authoritative single volume.

Despite the recent rise of China to a position of dominance on the world economic stage, Chinese history remains an elusive subject. Yet it is this vast narrative of appalling loss, superhuman endeavor, and incredible invention that has made China the superpower it is today. From the dawn of legend to the succession of great dynasties, from Confucius to Chairman Mao and from the clamor of revolution to the lure of slick capitalism, John Keay takes the reader on a sweeping tour through Chinese history. This is a definitive and indispensable account of a country set to play a major part in our future.

©2017 John Keay (P)2017 John Keay

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

Really bad narration, computer generated?

I could only listen for 10 minutes, then I didn't care if the story was good or bad, the narration was like a robot.

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  • Zenouf the Birdcatcher
  • 07-08-18

Fascinating!

To anyone curious about this extraordinary country, or, indeed, coming to it for the first time, this masterful book is the place to start.

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  • D. N. Frew
  • 07-05-18

An excellent history of China.

A complete history of China from ancient times to the end of the 20th Century. I have to actual book, but struggled to find time to read it. this is perfect for walking my dog so managed to complete the whole book in about 2 weeks.

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