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Free download Country Driving ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub í From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award winning trilogy on the human side of the economic revolution in China In the summer of 2001 Peter Hessler the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker acuired his ChE most critical periods in its modern history Country Driving begins with Hessler's 7000 mile trip across northern China following the Great Wall from the East China Sea to the Tibetan plateau He investigates a historically important rural region being abandoned as young people migrate to jobs in the southeast Next Hessler spends six years in Sancha a small farming village in the mountains north of Beijing which changes dramatically after the local road is paved and the capital's auto boom brings new tourism Finally he turns his atte. There are many books written about China's economic miracle There are many studies published every year for the last thirty years predicting impending collapse of China Don't read those books ignore these studies read Peter Hessler instead The books attempting to capture 'the big picture' of the economic transformation of China invariably miss out on the role played by individual choices that drive this transformation Hessler starts from a very different position He travels he talks to people he makes friends he observes what individuals strive for and how they accomplish their goals Initially disjointed personal stories soon form a pattern little streams converge into mighty rivers hundred million former farm hands rush into cities head to factories in the south to make 'China's economic miracle' not only possible but inevitable Formed by individual choices 'the big picture' arrives all by itself without the need to tweak economic theories that failed to predict itPeter Hessler starts out like most westerners arriving in China would He is intrigued by history he attempts to drive along the entire Great Wall As he observes the uickly changing world around him his interest in the past gives way to the fascination with the present Hessler realizes that he is witnessing a historical event of uniue proportions not only for China but for the whole world And he rushes to document it as a good journalist would focusing on individuals he meets armed with keen powers of observation and not encumbered by stereotypes or political dogmas He carries no baggage of preconceptions he is humble and open full of the appreciation of the people he meets and the culture he learns about This approach is the main ingredient of the book's successHessler begins with sketches of hitchhikers 'petting an invisible dog' on the side of the road during his long drive along the ancient walls He moves on to detailed portraits of members of a family in a struggling village of Sancha He follows the story of Wei Zii over the course of several years and records his transformation from a reluctant farmer into a successful businessman Wei Zii's son who calls the strange foreigner living in their house 'Uncle Monster' forms a strong bond with the author Hessler finishes his story in the southern province Zhejiang where he follows a small factory from its creation to eventual moderate success He first meets and describes the bosses documenting the essential ingredients for entrepreneurship in China then switches to endearing stories fortunes and aspirations of several factory workers Peter Hessler's writing style is unadorned economical very easy to read He combines well the main story line with some historical snapshots and throws in uite a few amusing anecdotes from his travels

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From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award winning trilogy on the human side of the economic revolution in China In the summer of 2001 Peter Hessler the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker acuired his Chinese driver's license For the next seven years he traveled the country tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China Hessler writes movingly of the average people farmers migrant workers entrepreneurs who have reshaped the nation during one of th. The author a journalist and old China hand describes life on the road in a rural China that is rapidly developing with new roads and factories being built every year At 420 pages the book’s scope is much wider than the simple comedy of renting a car in a heavily bureaucratic society that nevertheless has a vibrant under the table economy or the perils of driving in a country where most people behind the wheel have had very little training and eschew wipers and lights Hessler rents a house in a village and describes one family's gradual rise to political and financial success He follows the Great Wall visits an artist community in Lishui and follows the creation rise and struggles of a bra ring factory and the workers who live in itSo the title is only partially descriptive of the book but so what Hessler’s breadth of knowledge empathy sense for the human side of the story and clear witty writing make all his subjects interesting He unfolds the drama of an ill village boy and the disjunct between his own Western eyes and China’s traditional medicine coupled with xenophobic doctors He shows the great cultural divide between East and West citing “group impulse” twice to explain some Chinese behavior but also zeroes in on the emotions and frustrations that all humanity share He keeps encountering a sort of superficiality in Chinese economic life where appearance is important than content and where bribes and lies are a part of life but explores the deeper currents that motivate the players Hessler is a gifted reporter of cultures and this is a thoroughly fascinating look at a modern but still changing China

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Country DrivingNtion to urban China researching development over a period of than two years in Lishui a small southeastern city where officials hope that a new government built expressway will transform a farm region into a major industrial center Hessler whom The Wall Street Journal calls one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China deftly illuminates the vast shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that having once built walls against foreigners is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside worl. A slow start but ultimately a fascinating human centered insight on economic growth and urbanization in early 2000s China Hessler nestles his way into the lives of rural Chinese as they navigate making better lives for themselves and their families in a country that's experienced repeated political and economic overhauls in the recent past It was interesting to compare cultural similarities and differences between rural Chinese and rural Rwandans as well as map Chinese influence in Africa in the same period What does it mean when the Great Wall becomes a cell phone accessory Or when computers discs are most useful because they bounce light Everything was tangled in these parts; there was no distinction between progress and improvisation