China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

By Rob Gifford
Read by Simon Vance

10.57 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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National Public Radio’s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world’s most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford’s twenty years of observing firsthand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China’s border with Kazakhstan. As he takes the reader on this journey, he will also take us through China’s past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation’s potential future.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

National Public Radio’s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world’s most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford’s twenty years of observing firsthand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China’s border with Kazakhstan. As he takes the reader on this journey, he will also take us through China’s past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation’s potential future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gifford is great company and great fun, and China Road is a terrific, highly readable book.” Jim Yardley, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times Beijing correspondent
“How I envy Rob Gifford and his journey along China Road. How grateful I am to him for allowing me to share the trip through his vivid writing and his deep knowledge of and great love for China. As vicarious enjoyment goes, this one’s a ten.” Ted Koppel, managing editor, Discovery Channel
“I loved Rob Gifford’s book. His journey along Route 312 is a great road story...China Road is insightful, funny, analytical, anecdotal, full of humble humor and magnificent discoveries.” Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition and author of Pretty Birds
“Informative, delightful, and powerfully moving…Rob Gifford’s acute powers of observation, his sense of humor and adventure, and his determination to explore the wrenching dilemmas of China’s explosive development open readers’ eyes and reward their minds.” Robert A. Kapp, president, US-China Business Council, 1994–2004
“A great book, a terrific read. Rob Gifford’s story is as engaging as any travel writing, but it is equally full of historical and philosophical wisdom about the future of the world’s largest country.” Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former assistant secretary of defense, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University
“Rob Gifford has found the perfect road trip. His years in China have given him a keen eye and a deep understanding of the country’s contradictions; he’s the perfect guide to this magnificent road from Shanghai to the Kazakhstan border.” Peter Hassler, author of River Town and Oracle Bones
“Want to learn more about a country which will increasingly impact our lives for years to come? Ride along with Gifford as he travels from Shanghai to Kazakhstan on China’s longest road. You’ll think it’s the writer himself talking—so closely does Vance approximate his age, British nationality and dexterity with the Chinese language…At the end of this valuable listening experience, Gifford predicts China’s chances of making it as a major power.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Rob Gifford

Rob Gifford has spent twenty years studying and reporting on China and has just wrapped up a six-year run as National Public Radio’s Beijing bureau chief. During that time, he traveled to almost every province in China, reporting on the social and economic revolution that is transforming the nation.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English