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A Farewell to Old Peking: The Destruction of an Ancient City and the Creation of the New Beijing
by Jasper Becker (Goodreads Author)
When the world descends on Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, it will find the results of a helter skelter rush for modernization and wealth. In the course of a thousand years, temples and shrines, palaces, and gardens had filled the walls of old Peking. Its narrow, twisting streets held the collective memories of five dynasties and turbulent events of the 20th century. It has ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published June 23rd 2007)
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Jasper Becker is a British journalist who spent 30 years covering Asia including 18 years living in Beijing. His reporting on uprisings, refugees and famine in China, Tibet and North Korea garnered him many awards and he is a popular speaker and commentator on current events in Asia. He now lives in England and has just finished his tenth book, tentatively called The Fatal Flaw. Earlier books suc ...moreMore about Jasper Becker...