Determine the major themes of the book and the author’s chief argument

Each student is required to write one review (around 1200 words) on one of the books listed below. The review should be submitted prior to Nov 14’s class. Early submission is allowed; late submission will be penalized (a day = 1% of the total grade). Here are a few tips of how to write a good book review: 1. Read the book thoroughly and take notes 2. Determine the major themes of the book and the author’s chief argument 3. Consider the evidence provided by the author to support his or her argument 4. Think about whether you agree or disagree with the author’s argument and why 4 5. Find materials to support your opinion * Note that in this class, we focus on the argument laid out in the book you choose and/or the facts and evidence presented by the author, instead of the book’s genre or the author’s writing style

* The review should be written in English no matter what source you use * Bonus points will be given to an additional book review (up to 5% of the total grade). If you decide to write two reviews, one of the two books you choose has be written in English. All reviews need to be written in English. You may use additional sources of information, but each review should be mainly about one of the books listed blow. If you have a book you’re particularly fond of, please let me know and I’ll consider adding it to the list. List of Books In English • Immanuel Chung-yueh Hsu: The Rise of Modern China • John King Fairbank: The Great Chinese Revolution 1800-1985 • Fei Xiaotong: From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society • Lin Yutang: My Country and My People • Roderick MacFarquhar: Mao’s Last Revolution • Susan L. Shirk, The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China • Susan L. Shirk: China: Fragile Superpower • Andrew Nathan: China’s Search for Security • David Shambaugh: China Goes Global: The Partial Power • Ezra F. Vogel: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China • Henry Kissinger: On China • Bell, Daniel A.: The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy • Evan Osnos: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China • Howard W. French: Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power • Peter Hessler: River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze • Peter Hessler: Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China 5 • Ian Johnson: Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China • Anita Chan: Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization • Henry M. Paulson: Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower • M. Taylor Fravel: Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes • Thomas J. Christensen: The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power • Lin, Justin Yifu, Fang Cai, Zhou Li; The China Miracle: Development Strategy and Economic Reform

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