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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China Paperback – 1 September 2015

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The rise of China is the biggest story of the past twenty-five years. Evan Osnos captures the country in all its striving, thunderous diversity, through a narrative that moves, provokes and makes us laugh. Age of Ambition is a marvel of great reporting, careful thinking, and powerful writing. -- Dexter Filkins

If you have time to read only one book about China today, read this one. Woven from vignettes of Chinese life at many different levels, it provides unerring insights into what makes the Chinese the people they are while wearing its learning so lightly that the narrative never flags. It should be in every tourist’s baggage and every diplomat’s library. -- Philip Short, author of Mao: A Life

Evan Osnos is one of the most astute observers of contemporary China, and in this book he gives us a powerful and moving portrait of that country as it moves into the next decade. Using crisp and brilliant prose, Osnos uses some of the figures at the cutting edge of a changing China - artists, bloggers, religious leaders, and workers - to show us the strengths and weaknesses of this fast-changing and deeply important nation. This is a must-read book for those who want to understand China today - and where it is going. ― Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford

The best book on China I've ever read. Witty, indispensable, and often moving. I look forward to stealing Evan Osnos's wisdom and passing it off as my own for years to come. -- Gary Shteyngart

For most of a decade, Evan Osnos has been one of the most energetic, skilled, and thoughtful observers of China. Whether he’s accompanying Chinese tourists to the Best Western in Luxembourg or watching Ai Weiwei blur the lines between performance and protest, Osnos is always engaging. This is a wonderful book. -- Peter Hessler, author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze and Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

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*WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2014*

A stunning narrative that reveals China as we have never understood it before.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1st edition (1 September 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0099589974
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0099589976
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
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