Hessler, the Beijing correpondent for the New Yorker from 2001 to 2007, takes us on a guided tour of the roads less travelled though China. With eloquence and wit Hessler tells the story of a nation modernising at great pace, and of ordinary Chinese caught up in that modernisation.
‘Hessler again proves himself America’s keenest observer of the New China.’ Publishers Weekly
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