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Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and why it has to change By Jonathan Fenby Tiger Head Snake Tails China today how it got there and why it has to change With the world s second largest and fastest expanding economy a population of than billion a place at the core of the G a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and an ability to dispense
  • Title: Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and why it has to change
  • Author: Jonathan Fenby
  • ISBN: 9780857200884
  • Page: 492
  • Format: ebook
  • Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and why it has to change By Jonathan Fenby With the world s second largest and fastest expanding economy, a population of than 1.3 billion, a place at the core of the G20, a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and an ability to dispense cash without conditions to countries in return for the raw materials it gobbles up, China is an increasingly significant global force moving forward with shocking velocWith the world s second largest and fastest expanding economy, a population of than 1.3 billion, a place at the core of the G20, a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and an ability to dispense cash without conditions to countries in return for the raw materials it gobbles up, China is an increasingly significant global force moving forward with shocking velocity But the last major nation under Communist rule also has a history of catastrophe and tragedy, tyranny and repression, abject poverty, unfair business practice and inherent corruption under a nebulous system of leadership, and now faces environmental degradation and a demographic time bomb.In this compelling and lucid account based on years of research and first hand experience, Jonathan Fenby links together the myriad features of today s China He delivers a unique and coherent picture of its essence and evolution and contemplates its future both alone and connected to the world around it.
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      Jonathan Fenby, CBE, has been the editor of The Observer and the South China Morning Post He is currently China Director at the research service Trusted Sources.

    406 thoughts on “Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and why it has to change”

    1. On the positive side, this is honestly a fascinating book If you re looking to brush up on all aspects China economic, historical, political, religious, social this book is a one stop guide to everything you need It s full of incredible stories, covers places and aspects of China that I didn t know existed, and literally has a wow fact on every single page.The trouble is, this can sometimes be too much of a good thing After a couple of chapters, I realised that while every page was indeed fascin [...]


    2. Is it worth reading YES A little difficult a first, feeling like one sentence links yet another easily found statistic via google, it isn t until you hit about Chapter 4 that Fenby s main ideas start to hit home Easily manages the history of the region amidst quintessential and informative anecdotes, backed by loads of economic information Especially noteworthy for his academic courage when most in academia tend to get the PRC horribly wrong or clad in their Sinophile goggles, endlessly praising [...]


    3. Tiger Head, Snake Tail is a good book for anyone interested in modern China Unlike many books that claim to prophesise the imminent rise or fall of China, this book focuses on putting the vast array of potential outcomes in context and offers a good overview of the opportunities and challenges facing the worlds most populous nation At times it can read a little it like a catalogue of data with long streams of facts and figures but is nonetheless a very interesting read Anyone who seriously wants [...]


    4. This book seems to be a stream of consciousness stroll through modern China Sometimes it seems to be random facts strung together That said, it is interesting and you will get in depth observations of rural and city life, rail construction, the widening gap of China s wealthy business people vs poor immigrant factory workers.



    5. Deeply engaging book on everything China I was specifically looking for reasons how China has developed so rapidly as opposed other nations The book highlights certain factors which have brought China out of depression Ethnic Hans dominate the power echelons without any threat from any other Mainland ethnicities The Central Party s control on propaganda and law, helps it propagate its Confusion styled civilized state as compared to chaotic and unruly Western states This control of Great Firewall [...]


    6. In this ambitious work, Jonathan Fenby proves himself once again, a writer unafraid to take on massive subjects From a point in time when China stood on the verge of its generational change of leadership in 2012, Fenby takes an in depth snapshot of where China is, how it got there and where it is going In so doing, he gives us a superb analysis which dives deeply into the complexities of China s political, economic, social, regional and demographic strands.What emerges from Fenby s book is that [...]


    7. Real review forthcominggood book outdated very good overview i liked it yaay, tiger head snake tails by jonathan fenby you did it



    8. Tiger Head, Snake Tails is an overview of the nation by a former journalist I thought the book was well written, but sometimes the vastness of the subject became overwhelming Fenby covers such topics as the current political leaders, the political culture that current leadership inherited from the imperial dynasties, the relationship between the population and the political leaders, China s foriegn policy, the uneasy relationships between the larger ethnic minorities, caused to the natural envir [...]


    9. We already had one masterwork from Jonathan Fenby in his Penguin History of Modern China With such a hard work to follow, questions were abound, at least with this reader, as to whether this volume could live up to the standard of a previous masterwork Jonathan Fenby certainly has lived up to his reputation.Tiger Head Snake Tails is a metaphorical title referring to the all powerful head of China, it s fast paced economic growth and potential for world dominance, the Tiger s head, contrasting wi [...]


    10. A truly thorough guide to the wins and woes leading up to modern day ChinaExplodes, sweeps up and then neatly rearranges so much of what one thought one knew about China Essential reading for anyone engage in studies on China, intending to live there for an extended period of time or just very interested by the country s current affairs One warning note though it shouldn t dissuade the curious economics often escapes me, and so some explanations here I found quite heavenly and boring my own faul [...]


    11. Jonathan Fenby s book is a comprehensive overview of the China of today and the history that has got it there And make no mistake this is a big subject, huge, colossal The task he has taken on, however, does run the risk of drowning the reader in statistics and anecdotes explaining China s progression to world power status.The book opens with a chronicling of the recent explosive growth that China has experienced and the way that it has been seen by the outside world It sets the reader up for th [...]


    12. This book is a complete and extremely detailed description of the rise of China over the last century The author delves into great detail while describing aspects of China be it politics, economics, culture of thinking The amount of research done to get this book written becomes obvious as this book has a wealth of information about the changes that have been happening in China of late As the author himself says, this is no book for a scholar It s written for people who are extremely interested [...]


    13. This book sat on my shelves in Shanghai for two years I would dip into it occasionally for insight but never managed the whole thing put off by the obvious weight of the analysis I m glad I waited until I left China to read thisI now feel I have a sense of perspective that I would not oTherwise have gained.The book is a thorough, intelligent analysis of China today well2014 The argumentation is engaging and illuminating and the balance achieved by Fenby is admirable There is insight here about t [...]


    14. First, the good news Tiger Head, Snake Tails works as a solid introduction on modern China Fenby has no doubt covered every statistic and recent event worth highlighting Now, for the not so good This book is so crammed full of statistics and recent events, in parts it reads like an endless list of information than part of a wider narrative.Ultimately though, this book works well There is enough historical and cultural context to give lay people such as myself a decent understanding of how and w [...]


    15. A really interesting book The author has fantastic snippets of info about a plethora of subjects and, in a journalistc way he just can t resist adding them in It makes for an enjoyable read, but at the end You could end up like me remembering the trivial, China wanted to ban Kungfu Panda, and being hazy about the general thrust of such an enormous place I have the feeling about China, that as soon as I think I understand something about it, it will have changed markedly This is because of the br [...]


    16. A fairly good book that covers a laundry list of items about Modern China It talks about its strengths as well as its stresses and strains I am not a sinophile, the only reason I read about China at all is because it is an important country on the world stage It is important to come to terms with this power yet China as a place of interest doesn t do it for me That is probably why I generally can t say I enjoy reading books about China as necessary to read as they are.



    17. Good introduction, and explanation of the current state of China Sheds light on the tensions between China, itself, the party, the people, other nations and the world that arise from China s growth as a nation and emergence as a major world power You will better understand China s history, its present and the environment the Chinese people live within.


    18. Either China is a blueprint for the future of capitalism, or its on the verge of economic, social, and environmental implosion This book leans towards the latter view, and that it must change to survive It s a well researched book and easy to read, although rather disconcerting




    19. A fascinating overview of China today with a brief nod to the past and how it has influenced China, sometimes overwhelmed by the detail and sheer scope of the topic.



    20. Fact heavy look at what has created the contemporay China Yet, things are changing so fast that it already seems dated.



    21. Very informative and well written Published in 2012, the book ends just before the new leader Xi Jinping takes over as leader of China.



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