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Recommended Resources: Criteria for Recommendation

Books
First of all, you should be aware that I certainly do not agree with each and every book on this list. In fact, in addition to several well-established scholarly texts, I have selected books which are highly controversial. In other words: I recommend books, which I consider interesting - either because they are full of facts and analyses, or because they are highly opinionated, maybe even propagandistic. The readers should judge for themselves. (By they way - clicking on the book images gets you to Amazon.Com where you may often find numerous reviews for each of the books.)
Movies & Videos
In this section I have selected documentaries that highlight political, military, social, or economic aspects in the development of the People's Republic of China. They may be useful as background material for teaching on contemporary China.
Travel Guides
I have used some of these travel guides myself during my extensive trips in China. Of course, travelers are an extremely diverse crowd. They range from elderly tourists on guided sightseeing tours to juvenile globetrotters who might be interested in exploring some remote oasis in the Gobi desert. While some travelers might be interested in China's spectacular archeological sites and ethnic groups, others may want to submerge in Shanghai's dining temples and nightlife facilities. No traveling guide can satisfy everyone. The ranking of guides, consequently, represents my personal preferences. However, the top guides are certainly a good choice for most people, because they cover a wide range of interests.
Travel Maps
I have only selected travel maps that are fairly recent (not older than two or three years).
Fine Art Books
Since beauty is in the eye of the observer, I have not ranked any of my recommendations.
Doing Business
My ranking of the "doing business guides" is based on two criteria: First, I have selected only recent books. Everything that is older than 10 years is probably worthless, since economic conditions are changing so rapidly in China. Second, I have given preference to "well known" names in the business world, such as publications from "The Economist" or the "Harvard Business Review".

See also:
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china-profile.com - 18 April 2012