Interviews where books by James Carter were recommended
Historian and Sinologist Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor, History at UC Irvine, says that to get a real sense of China you need to focus on individuals and their stories. Here he chooses five books that draw on the country's long tradition of biographical writing.
Aftershock: Essays from Hong Kong
by Holmes Chan (editor)
Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang
by James Millward
Forbidden Memory: Tibet during the Cultural Revolution
by Susan Chen (translator) & Tsering Woeser
Beijing from Below: Stories of Marginal Lives in the Capital's Center
by Harriet Evans
Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai
by James Carter
All eyes are on China as it occupies an increasingly important role on the world stage and its economic growth continues to barrel on. But behind the Chinese Communist Party’s apparent competence lies a deep insecurity about its relationship with its own citizens, particularly those who question its right to rule them. American historian and Sinologist Jeffrey Wasserstrom picks the best books of 2020 on China.