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11 insightful books about China reviewed on this site

It's widely believe that if the 20th was the American Century, the 21st may well prove to be China's. There is good reason to believe that. Within less than a generation China's economy will overtake that of the United States. It's already number two. And under Xi Jin-Ping, China is flexing its muscles all across East and Southeast Asia, egged on by a wave of ultranationalism t [...]

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Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction

recent books reviewed

Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books worth reading on this blog: mysteries & thrillers, science fiction, current nonfiction, and popular novels. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future along with my posts of the recent books reviewed on this site.

To get us started, here are 18 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers (plus 66 others).

In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Fiction

Nonfiction

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Nonfiction

Dinosaurs live today: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Yes, dinosaurs live today. You'll learn a lot in this lively personal account by a passionate paleontologist. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte (2018) 416 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Quick: how many different species of dinosaurs can you name? T. rex, of course. Brontosaurus. Triceratops, maybe. Velociraptor, of Jur [...]

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Trade Fiction

A grim but hopeful view of New York underwater in 2140

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) 624 pages @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Finalist for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel What will life on Earth be like a century from now once the oceans have risen fifty feet or more? This is the central question the acclaimed science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson sets out to explore in his ambitious new novel, New York 214 [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

In a classic whydunit, The Alienist makes his debut

The Alienist by Caleb Carr (1994) 608 pages @@@@ (4 out of 5) This superb novel offers up abundant pleasures. Your jaw will drop at the staggering number and variety of dishes at a seemingly endless midnight dinner at Delmonico's Restaurant, all too typical of the nonstop banquets of the era. You'll frown with pity, or disbelief, at the mindless brutality of the guards at [...]

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11 insightful books about China reviewed on this site

It's widely believe that if the 20th was the American Century, the 21st may well prove to be China's. There is good reason to believe that. Within less than a generation China's economy will overtake that of the United States. It's already number two. And under Xi Jin-Ping, China is flexing its muscles all across East and Southeast Asia, egged on by a wave of ultranationalism t [...]

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