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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Mann Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Does America’s policy toward China make sense? In this in-depth look at China’s political evolution and its future, Mann explores two scenarios popular among our policy elite. The soothing scenario foresees the gradual spread of democracy and human rights, but in the upheaval scenario, the contradictions in Chinese society between rich and poor and between the openness of the economy and the unyielding Leninist system will eventually lead to a revolution, chaos, or collapse.

Mann also poses a third scenario: What will happen if Chinese capitalism continues to evolve and expand but the government fails to liberalize? And why should this matter to Americans? In The China Fantasy, Mann explores this scenario and offers a startling vision of our future with China that will have a profound impact for decades to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] angry, lively little book…Like all good polemics, this one raises more questions than it answers…Mann has done a fine job.”

    Washington Post

  • “If Americans revered veteran China correspondents the way Chinese communists revere their founding revolutionaries, former Los Angeles Times bureau chief Jim Mann would justly be hailed as an ‘immortal.’”

    Clay Chandler, editor, Fortune Asia

  • “Exceptionally clear without being patronizing…[Mann] has written…one of the clearest and most searching critiques of those who have unhooked their brains and hearts when it comes to the suffering of hundreds of millions.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “Mr. Mann has perfectly described the blend of hope and cynicism that currently underpins American policy toward China.”

    New York Sun

  • “This little book, The China Fantasy, is worth more than many fat tomes. It will sharpen the minds and tongues of the China watchers and debaters no matter where they stand.”

    National Review

  • “Narrator Jeff Riggenbach’s deep voice reads the material straight from the page. His ‘no frills’ style and perfect diction never drop or mispronounce a word, allowing listeners to concentrate on the information.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terry | 4/30/2013

    " This book gives great insight into the delusionary perspective of Western governments and exposes the hypocrisy that comes from putting business benefits above values. It is a very informative book and one that anyone doing business in China should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 8/18/2012

    " Interesting. Geared toward the question of how the US sees China with reference to the then upcoming 2008 Olympics in Beijing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dina McArdle | 12/17/2010

    " Short set of essays which argue that materialism and capitalism in China does not equal, nor does it lead to, democracy in the American sense. Very provokative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicholas | 12/8/2010

    " A good and helpful book that posits the scenario where China does not open up to greater liberty regarding speech, association, religion but continues in growing economically and politically in clout. Helpful perspective and easy read. "

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About the Author

James Mann, previously Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, is author-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of Rise of the Vulcans, About Face, and Beijing Jeep.