Change and Conflict in Modern-Day China

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Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, describes the profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval occurring in China. In Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, Faith in New China, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions about why a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any in history chooses to put strict restraints on freedom of expression and how two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth has affected Chinese from all walks of life.