With the original edition on my bookshelf, I only read the new chapter and revised epilogue of this edition. The new author Merle Goldman seems to be more calm and neutral, with a slight optimistic overtone, in her account of the post-Mao reform era towards the end of the 20th Century.
I believe it is always useful to see how foreigners perceive China, as they are supposed to provide a fresh perspective that may supplement our blind spots for whatever reasons. Merle Goldman's concise and insightful account of China's intriguing dilemma between robust economic growth and sluggish political reforms certainly provides a great example of its kind....Continua
An eloquent account of history from one of the most respected Chinese historians from the West, late John King Fairbank. It is always refreshing and eye-opening to read history of my country through a different pair of eyes.