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Tiger Head, Snake Tails

Jonathan Fenby

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Trim Size: 6 x 9
hardcover
Overlook
10/25/2012

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The imminent collapse of the People's Republic of China has been foretold for years. Just as often, though, it has been predicted to be future ruler of the world. But despite the endless stream of soothsayers, there has been no single book that pulls together the whole of the China story, linking its very disparate elements to present a coherent portrait that explains what China is and why it matters so much.

In this compelling and lucid account based on years of research and first-hand experience, rooted in on-the-ground reporting, interviews, observations, analysis of data and a viewpoint that sees the country from the inside out, Jonathan Fenby links the myriad features of today's rapidly evolving China. "Fast-moving, informed, and illuminating" (The Guardian), Tiger Head, Snake Tails brilliantly demonstrates that the binary approach so often applied to China — the country is either good or bad, set to reach the stars or collapse in chaos — often boils down to the prejudices of its authors. By seeing China as a whole — especially its history and involvement with the West — and connecting the dots, Jonathan Fenby intelligently looks into its future, both internally and in its impact on the rest of the world.

Praise for Tiger Head, Snake Tails

"A one stop guide to political and economic realities in China today." —The Guardian

"[A] one-stop overview of China's politics, economics, society, international relations, history, environmental issues, corruption, and new leadership." —The Wall Street Journal, Scene Asia

"Any businessman heading for China will find the book a great briefing." —Sunday Times

"[A] keen observer and entertaining tour guide, and though he refuses to draw any concrete or controversial conclusions, lay readers will benefit from browsing this richly detailed account of the country’s industrial policy and economy." —Publishers Weekly

"Fenby's analysis of current trends stands out in its vastness of scope and eye for telling detail.' —Brendan Driscoll, Booklist


Jonathan Fenby is a former editor of the Observer and of the South China Morning Post. He is the author of such books as the acclaimed The Penguin History of China, On the Brink, and Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost.

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