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National Public Radio’s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world’s most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford’s twenty years of observing firsthand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China’s border with Kazakhstan. As he takes the reader on this journey, he will also take us through China’s past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation’s potential future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gifford is great company and great fun, and China Road is a terrific, highly readable book.”

    Jim Yardley, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times Beijing correspondent

  • “How I envy Rob Gifford and his journey along China Road. How grateful I am to him for allowing me to share the trip through his vivid writing and his deep knowledge of and great love for China. As vicarious enjoyment goes, this one’s a ten.”

    Ted Koppel, managing editor, Discovery Channel

  • “I loved Rob Gifford’s book. His journey along Route 312 is a great road story...China Road is insightful, funny, analytical, anecdotal, full of humble humor and magnificent discoveries.”

    Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition and author of Pretty Birds

  • “Informative, delightful, and powerfully moving…Rob Gifford’s acute powers of observation, his sense of humor and adventure, and his determination to explore the wrenching dilemmas of China’s explosive development open readers’ eyes and reward their minds.”

    Robert A. Kapp, president, US-China Business Council, 1994–2004

  • “A great book, a terrific read. Rob Gifford’s story is as engaging as any travel writing, but it is equally full of historical and philosophical wisdom about the future of the world’s largest country.”

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former assistant secretary of defense, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University

  • “Rob Gifford has found the perfect road trip. His years in China have given him a keen eye and a deep understanding of the country’s contradictions; he’s the perfect guide to this magnificent road from Shanghai to the Kazakhstan border.”

    Peter Hassler, author of River Town and Oracle Bones

  • “Want to learn more about a country which will increasingly impact our lives for years to come? Ride along with Gifford as he travels from Shanghai to Kazakhstan on China’s longest road. You’ll think it’s the writer himself talking—so closely does Vance approximate his age, British nationality and dexterity with the Chinese language…At the end of this valuable listening experience, Gifford predicts China’s chances of making it as a major power.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/11/2014

    " This book exposed me to a wealth of information about both present day, and past China. Well written and easy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandie | 2/10/2014

    " A great book! I recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about China, especially contemporary China. I liked Rob Gifford when he was the NPR correspondent over there. This book is about a trip he took on Route 312 from Shanghai to the western border of China, meeting and talking to ordinary people along the way. He throws in a little history and his thoughts about the political situation there, actually more than his thoughts, because he did research for the book and there is a good bibliography. The book is indexed and there are great photos. His writing style is very readable. I wish I had read this book before my trip to China but it wasn't published then. But I am glad I read it now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/4/2014

    " Couldn't get through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JJ W | 2/2/2014

    " Rob Gifford brings his great story telling ability and love of Chinese culture to bear on China's longest road, the route 66 of the Middle Kingdom. Filled with lovely anecdotes and heart-wrenching stories, historical parallels and frightening visions, the book sums up Gifford's decades-long engagement with China. I wish Gifford had been a bit more optimistic and underestimates the ingenuity of the Chinese people. Read this to get a better idea of what kinds of hybrid governance and management models may emerge from a China that defies all expectations and changes faster than you can close your eyes. "

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