Book Review: Wild Grass

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 8:46
Posted in category The Big Picture

Wild Grass by Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize winning book that looks behind the glitz and glamour to chronicle three issues in modern China, the activists, and the governement responsese to the situation.Many articles, books, and perhaps this blog often try to incorporate everything into 1000 words and necessary background information is typically cut. However, in this book Johnson does an excellent job of first providing the thumbnail sketch by describing his initial understanding… and then he colors in the lines through historical perspective, current on the ground reality, government responses, history of the champions, the obstacles in the road, and the outcomes.I highly recommend this book. Much like Mr. china, this is a book that many old China hands will relate to and the contents are ones that are discussed often.

For those on their first trip to China, this book will give you some needed understanding that while China is growing a 10%+ a year, it is going through growing pains.

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One Response to “Book Review: Wild Grass”

  1. Jessica Ray says:

    March 28th, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Wild Grass did not win a Pulitzer Prize. Ian Johnson, the author has won the Prize for his jounalism, not the book.