Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Age of Ambition is a very readable commentary on modern communist China. Osnos spent 8 years in China writing for The New Yorker. During his time he met some interesting characters and saw first hand changes in China during a new age of technology. His premise is that there is a great collision going on between the authoritarian government and the aspiration of the individual. Osnos touches on political, social, and economic changes and how they affect every individual living in China today. Osnos' writing is entertaining, taking a subject that could certainly be dry and boring and making it a worthwhile read.
This was an enlightening read and one that makes me appreciate the country I live in, despite the current political pandemonium. Yet, I'm interested in learning more about China and visiting some day. I'm sure there are more changes in China yet to come.
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