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Very informative, but badly written
on 27 November 2013
This was a very informative read - I went from a person that was interested but had limited knowledge on China, to a well informed person comfortable to engage in conversations.
The writer, Jonathan Fenby, clearly has deep knowledge about the country from a historical, political, macro and micro-economical stand point, with floods of facts and data points that are very useful.
But my main problem is the writing, it is not organized, not by a linear timeframe or topic, it was rather a train of thought that was jumping from person to person, from 2000BC to 1400AD, etc. I had to read it with wikipedia on my side to close the loops on some of these floating trains of thought. This style i find it to be extremely distracting and exhausting to read. but I kept on reading because I was very interested in the knowledge Jonathan had to offer. If it was any other book, I would have stopped reading it immediately
In summary, it is an informative book, that delivers on making you well rounded about China in a short period, but a badly written book for my taste. could be my impression because I am a left-brain-bulletpoint-business-person!