The Shanghai Free Taxi by Frank Langfitt audiobook

The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

By Frank Langfitt
Read by Frank Langfitt

PublicAffairs, Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group 9781610398145
8.42 Hours Unabridged
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As any traveler knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when a longtime NPR correspondent wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab-and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change. The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the 21st century. Yet few Americans realize that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China -- unequal growth, political anxiety, and a newly empowered strongman president -- looks eerily like their own. In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered folks in Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals, and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself. Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country.

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As any traveler knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when a longtime NPR correspondent wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab-and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change.
The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the 21st century. Yet few Americans realize that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China -- unequal growth, political anxiety, and a newly empowered strongman president -- looks eerily like their own.
In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered folks in Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals, and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself.
Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country.

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Author Bio: Frank Langfitt

Author Bio: Frank Langfitt

Frank Langfitt has lived in or covered China for nearly twenty years. Before taking over as the NPR London correspondent in 2016, he spent five years as the company’s China correspondent. Based in Shanghai, he drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. In 2008, Langfitt also covered the Beijing Olympics as a member of NPR’s team, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. Langfitt’s print and visual journalism have also been honored by the Overseas Press Association and the White House News Photographers Association. He is a graduate of Princeton and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English