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Top-50 Books on China

Updated: October 14, 2013

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Graham Allison / Robert D. Blackwill / Ali Wyne: Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World. Belfer Center Studies in International Security. 2013 (The MIT Press)

A collection of interviews conveying Lee's geo-political and strategic thinking. Refreshing!

Pin Ho / Weguang Huang: A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China. 2013 (PublicAffairs; First Edition edition)

The downfall of Bo Xilai and the ferocious power struggle between Communist Party factions that reached all the way to China's new president Xi Jinping.

Timothy Beardson: Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China's Future. 2013 (Yale University Press)

Investment strategist highlights some of China's challenges. More nuanced than the usual China hype.

James Fallows: China Airborne. 2013 (Vintage; Reprint edition)

A book on China's aviation industry - with general thoughts on China. Entertaining.

Orville Schell / John Delury: Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century. 2013 (Random House; First Edition edition)

Historical work which suggests that Mao's atrocities could be interpreted as "creative destruction". Uses psychological concepts (humilation) to explain China's rise. Rather naive.

Robert D. Kaplan: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. 2012 (Random House; First Edition edition)

Geography as basis of economic dominance and global military strategy. Interesting, but hard to read.

Shaun Rein: The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World. 2012 (Wiley)

China's transformation from a manufacturing to a consumer economy means the end of cheap consumption for Americans. Don't miss the "next wave"!

Kiernan, Peter D.: Becoming China's Bitch: And Nine More Catastrophes We Must Avoid Right Now. 2012 (Turner)

An opinionated collection of talking points about anything under the sun - without much depths or insight.

Niall Ferguson: Civilization: The West and the Rest. 2011 (The Penguin Press)

Explains why the West could rise to global dominance (and why it may be outsmarted soon by the East). One book you MUST read if you want to understand our world.

Henry Kissinger: On China. 2011 (Penguin Press HC, 1 Edition)

Sweeping, insightful, based on personal experience - but 'old-school' perspective. Focuses on the 'mandarins of power', but ignores underlying factors of change, such as the Internet or demography.

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