There is a newer edition of this book.
The late John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. This book remains a masterwork without parallel--a concise and authoritative account of China and its people over four millennia. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman has brought the book up to date with a chapter on events in the post-Mao period and a new preface and epilogue. She provides a detailed account of the wide array of changes--social, economic, cultural, and even political--that have taken place in China over the past two decades....Continua
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.