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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative, 14 Dec. 2012
China's Urban Billion is a compact study of one of the great socio-economic issues of the 21st century. It's a tightly-written and surprisingly entertaining study of the implications of tens of millions of Chinese farmers moving into the cities from the countryside. It goes well beyond shock headlines about ghost cities and is a refreshing corrective to the incessant drone of the China shorts. The book doesn't pull punches though: Miller makes it clear that the Chinese government desperately needs to up its policy game if it's grand plan is going to be a success. Thoroughly entertaining and fascinating -- a tremendous achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 22 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book for a work project and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read. As well as excellent analysis of some the problems facing China and a very even-handed approach, there was a nice "flavour" of China from the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 31 Jan. 2013
This review is from: China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Asian Arguments) (Paperback)
This was a great book -- it really opened my eyes about something I really didn't know much about. More Chinese people live in cities now than in the countryside -- some unprecedented and something that will affect all of us, wherever we live. Part travelogue, part analysis, this is a great introduction to one of the less well known phenomena of our time. The writing is very accessible and it doesn't bog down in academic discussion too much (though a bit more travel writing would have been great -- Miller clearly loves the seedier side of China and would have been nice if he touched on them more). A few photos would have been good and a bit more on what Chinese urbanization means for the world. Overall, I'd recommend this as a great introduction to what it means when tens of millions of Chinese people move into the cities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Asian Arguments) (Paperback)
Very interesting and readable book which arrived quickly.
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