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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable, 25 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 - 2009 (Paperback)
I was attracted to this book because of its excellent reviews in the press. But I'm afraid, this book is unreadable and written in a rushed, hasty way.

The introduction is like a breathless series of facts which I found over-whelming rather than interesting and I gave up reading while mid-way through the first chapter. I suspect that this book was published in a hurry because of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and I truly recommend John Keay's History of China instead.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2012 10:36:06 GMT
Diane says:
Ah, I put the book down in annoyance due to the mess of an introduction, and only picked it up later since I had nothing else to read. The first and second chapters are just annoying as well, but as the author gets into the period of communists and nationalists, the story is much more readable. This is the first book I have read on the history of China, so I cannot compare, but I will look at the book by John Keay. Thanks.
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