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Ten on a Topic: China

The problem is that we are so ignorant about China and its history. I have only read Simon Winchester on “Bomb, Book and Compass: Joseph Needham and the Great Secrets of China” which was fascinating. Chinese and the history are neglected together with the more recent repression and the complex cyber wars so rapidly developing. Thank you for these suggestions.

Gone for a Soldier

Its History, Its People and Culture, and its Designs for the Future

In his most prophetic and frightening statement in his book,On China, Kissinger cites Immanuel Kant’s argument that perpetual peace will come to the world in one of two ways: “by human insight or by catastrophes of a magnitude that leave us no other choice.” And, he says, we are at that juncture. Those words were written a decade ago, and yet are as true today as they were then, and possibly more important than ever that we try to build our understanding of this vast country on the other side of the world.

And so, I offer a list of ten books on the topic, acknowledging that no ten books can possibly capture all of the nuances of the topic, but reading them can provide an excellent overview. The list below is diverse, from two books…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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