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Best China Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best China books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Hundred-Year Marathon (2016)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionFor more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the “China Dream” is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals…
Author(s): Michael Pillsbury

2. China’s Vision of Victory (2019)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionSomeday we may say that we never saw it coming. After seventy-five years of peace in the Pacific, a new challenger to American power has emerged, on a scale not seen in generations. Working from a deep sense of national destiny, the Chinese Communist Party is guiding a country of 1.4 billion people towards what it calls "the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," and, with it, the end of an American-led world. Will this generation witness the final act for America as a superpower? Can American ingenuity, confidence, and will power outcompete…
Author(s): Jonathan D T Ward

3. On China (2012)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionIn this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging…
Author(s): Henry Kissinger

4. The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health (2016)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionThe science is clear. The results are unmistakable.You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet.More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found when combined with findings in Colin’s laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal…
Author(s): T. Colin Campbell, Campbell II, Thomas M.

5. Lonely Planet China (Travel Guide) (2017)

 Best China Books Worth Your Attention#1 best-selling guide to China* is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of China and begin your journey now! our most comprehensive guide to China, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning…
Author(s): Lonely Planet , Damian Harper, et al.

6. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionA riveting tale of courage and atrocities within three generations of Chinese women. An extraordinary memoir and a harrowing narrative that rivals anything found in “The Last Emperor” or Amy Tan. “Wild Swans” is no romance, it is a gripping tale that chronicles the survival of a Chinese family through a century of disaster, a family that stars beautiful, strong-willed women. A grim, yet very appealing story. #9,146,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #16661 in Chinese History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Jung Chang

7. Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty (2019)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionTo understand present-day China, its politics, society, and culture in general, we have to go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization.In this book, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at…
Author(s): Captivating History

8. Understanding China: A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Culture (2010)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionIn this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book–now revised and updated for the new century–Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China’s crisis-ridden present and future.After ten years, John Bryan Starr has thoroughly revised and updated his classic introduction to the background of, the data about, and the issues at stake in China’s present and future. In the new edition, Starr seamlessly weaves in additional material on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to curb the…
Author(s): John Bryan Starr

9. China: A History (2011)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionMany nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country’s unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation’s complex and vivid past. Keay’s authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely…
Author(s): John Keay

10. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide China (2018)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionDK Eyewitness Travel Guide: China reveals the magnificence of China’s greatest sights, including in-depth coverage of the Forbidden City and Terracotta Soldiers. The guide provides expert tips for visiting the Great Wall, cruising through the stunning Yangzi Three Gorges, and exploring the ultra-modern cities of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Explore China’s cultural heritage through richly illustrated features on everything from the Beijing Opera to Confucianism, calligraphy, and the cult of Mao. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: China includes 3-D cutaway illustrations, floor plans, and reconstructions…
Author(s): DK Eyewitness

11. Travel to China: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go (2019)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionMoney-saving tips and expert China travel advice from a 10-year expat and professional travel writer! China as a travel destination can be daunting, overwhelming and frankly a bit scary.But it doesn’t have to be.Whether you’re still weighing the decision or you’ve already purchased your flight tickets, this unique China travel guide is an indispensable resource for any traveler. This is everything you need to know before you travel to China – the things that other major travel guides gloss over and expect you to figure out on your own.What This China Travel Guide Book Will Teach You:…
Author(s): Josh Summers, Leeanne Hendrick

12. The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia (2016)

 Best China Books Worth Your Attention“Bradley is sharp and rueful, and a voice for a more seasoned, constructive vision of our international relations with East Asia.” –Christian Science Monitor James Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans–including FDR’s grandfather, Warren Delano–who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. Meanwhile, American missionaries sought a myth: noble Chinese peasants eager to Westernize.The media propagated this mirage, and FDR believed that supporting Chiang Kai-shek would make China America’s best friend in Asia. But Chiang was on his way out and when Mao Zedong instead came to power,…
Author(s): James Bradley

13. The New Art of War: China’s Deep Strategy Inside the United States (2019)

 Best China Books Worth Your Attention“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. –Sun Tzu, author, The Art of WarThe challenge is this: how can America’s fractured democracy and diverse society respond to a centrally orchestrated strategy from China that ultimately may challenge our interests and our values? Some Chinese-Americans and Chinese residents–perhaps only a relative handful–have cooperated in obtaining technology for China. And many Chinese nationals who obtained years of experience working at American companies have returned to China to help competitors there. The Chinese have a nickname for these individuals, haigui, or…
Author(s): William J Holstein

14. Politics in China: An Introduction, Third Edition (2019)

 Best China Books Worth Your AttentionOn October 1, 2019, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding. And what an eventful and tumultuous seven decades it has been! During that time, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China has been transformed from one of world’s poorest countries into one of its fastest growing economies, and from a weak state barely able to govern or protect its own territory to a rising power that is challenging the United States for global influence.But in the late 1950s, the PRC experienced the…
Author(s): William A. Joseph

Best China Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some china books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The teacher development continuum in the United States and China : summary of a workshop

Author(s): Ana Ferreras and Steve Olsen, rapporteurs ; A. Ester Sztein, ed.; et al.
ID: 1324837, Publisher: National Academies Press, Year: [2010], Size: 925 Kb, Format: pdf

A ribband of blue and other Bible studies

Author(s): J Hudson Taylor; China Inland Mission
ID: 878884, Publisher: China Inland Mission , Year: [1899?], Size: 70 Kb, Format: epub

Foreign Direct Investment in China : Challenges and Prospects for Regional Development.

Author(s): OECD
ID: 2146730, Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: July 2002, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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