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Evan Osnos is a Pulitzer Prize and two-time Overseas Press Club award-winning journalist and New Yorker staff writer. He earned the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for this detailed chronicle of the human and social drama of China’s rise to becoming a world financial powerhouse. Osnos combines observations, interviews and in-depth research to paint a portrait – in social vignettes – of China’s embrace of (almost) free market capitalism amid a parallel increase in state censorship and repression. Osnos follows the journeys and fates of a variety of people in order to reveal the Chinese government’s response to individual ambition and yearning for autonomy. Osnos proves entertaining and perceptive, if rambling. He focuses on people, but it’s the facts his stories uncover that resonate. Osnos’s journalism should fascinate anyone conducting business or living in China and anyone considering either, as well as professors, students, nongovernmental organization personnel, international investors and policy makers.

About the Author

New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos won the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Age of Ambition. He won a Pulitzer Prize as a member of a Chicago Tribune investigative team and he also has garnered two Overseas Press Club awards.

 

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