In 1850, China was the 'sick man of Asia'. Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern Chinashows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as victim to brutality on an unmatched scale, to oppression, to war and to famine. This makes its current position as the newest and, arguably, most important global superpower all the more extraordinary. Jonathan Fenby's clear and comprehensive account of China's recent past, now updated to take in the eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party in Autumn 2012, is the definitive guide to this remarkable transformation. Second Edition A Financial TimesandEconomistBook of the Year'A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read.' Chris Patten'The first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the twenty-first century.'Rana Mitter, Financial Times'Superb . . . a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability - the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives.' George Walden, Sunday Telegraph'Taut, anecdote-studded . . . a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches.' Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times
His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability - the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives Sunday Telegraph Jonathan Fenby's ... illuminating book [is] the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th -- Rana Mitter FT [It] reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people ... [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail Herald Taut, anecdote-studded ... a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches -- Michel Sheridan Sunday Times For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better BBC History A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read -- Chris Patten
Jonathan Fenby, CBE, has been the editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post. His books include Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China He Lost and Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and China Editor of the analytical service, Trusted Sources.