Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review - Why China Will Never Rule the World: Travels in the Two Chinas by Troy Parfitt

ISBN #: 978-0986803505
Page Count: 424

Revised Publication Date:

This book's publish date has been moved out to September 15, 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

After having lived in Taipei for ten years, Troy Parfitt sets out on an epic journey to test the theory that China is ascending toward a position of global hegemony. The result is whirlwind tour of the Chinese world, one that enlightens, astonishes, and entertains. Parfitt shows us he is the perfect China tour guide: the steward of an intimate knowledge of the nation’s history, culture, and psyche – yet not serving any interest other than an investigative one. Here is a unique and powerful book, one that will change the way people think about China and its “great rise.”

Why China Will Never Rule the World is a tour de force; vital for anyone wishing to understand what China is, what is has been, and what it is likely to become.

Charlie's Review:

Troy Parfitt takes us on a tour of the “two Chinas.” Having lived in Taiwan, he is well-versed in the Mandarin language, and gives us insider knowledge of the country and its people. His mission: to disclose the truth behind claims of China becoming the World’s next Superpower. Taking us on a historical tour, showcasing the Confusianistic dogma still taught in present-day, and a government touting Authoritarianism, he squashes the myth that they will one day rule.

Parfitt has an expansive knowledge of the history of China. He paints a vivid picture of the culture and, sometimes disturbing, personalities of the people. China’s visible hints at Western development are overshadowed by its close-minded system of totalitarianism.

Why China Will Never Rule The World is as much history lesson, as it is travelogue, and allows us a glimpse into its colorful, although poorly maintained landscape. Highly recommended reading for anyone that would like to learn more about China’s history and beliefs.

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