Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 6:59 PM
2007 has seen a mixed bag of books published about China in English: there has not been the range of strong, big books that were published in 2006, but this year has seen a few gems. It is worth noting the rise of a few independent publishers that focus on China; some of their titles are listed below.
Below is a roundup of China books published this year that you may not have read about elsewhere. Below that are the Best and Worst of China Books 2007 Awards, courtesy of Access Asia's Paul French, whose own most recent book Carl Crow, a Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai you should read if you have not done so yet.
Finally, the books on last year's book roundup on Danwei are also all still well worth reading.
The following three small publishing houses have greatly expanded their operations in the last year and are starting to produce worthwhile books.
China Economic Review Books
China Briefing Books
++ CULTURE AND HISTORY ++
China's Brave New World by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
++ BUSINESS BOOKS ++
Doing Business In China: How to Profit in the World's Fastest Growing Market by Ted Plafker
++ BOOKS TO BE PUBLISHED EARLY NEXT YEAR ++
The Last Days of Old Beijing—Life in the Backstreets of a Changing City by Michael Meyer
The Forbidden City by Geremie R. Barmé
++ BEST AND WORST CHINA BOOKS OF 2007 ++
The Best China Books of 2007
The Great Wall of China—China Against the World, 1000 BC - 2000 AD by Julia Lovell
Getting Rich First: Life in a Changing China by Duncan Hewitt
Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century by Kerry Brown
The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 BC to the Present by Harry Gelber
The Worst China Books of 2007
The Writing on the Wall by Will Hutton
The Elephant & the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith
China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China by Dominic Barton
Best Books not about China but that offer some usefully applicable guidance
Rocks and Hard Places: The Globalisation of Mining by Roger Moody
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
Murder in Samarkand: A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror by Craig Murray
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