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The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity: Beijing In The History Of China

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'The City of Heavenly Tranquility' is a summary history of China, told through the story of its capital and greatest cultural centre.
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Published July 19th 2012 by Not Avail (first published June 5th 2008)
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Colin
May 07, 2017 Colin rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of Beijing! I learned so much about the city and how it has changed over the decades, especially since 1949.
Valerie
In a few weeks I'll be moving to Beijing to teach. Because I know very little about Chinese history (or Beijing), I've been trying to read all I can about it. This was the first such book.

I found a lot of the anecdotes interesting, as well as a lot of the earlier history aspects. For me, the information wasn't the problem. The writing was. For a journalist, Becker sure does digress a lot and use a lot of unnecessarily flowery language. I was constantly reminded of Holden Caulfield talking with
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Tatyana
Apr 27, 2016 Tatyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this book before and during my trip to China. I was surprised that a book written by a historian could be so captivating. I found it very informative and enjoyed quoting it to my husband while we were touring Beijing. The information was more logical and systematic than our tourguides.
Tmq
Feb 13, 2009 Tmq rated it it was ok
I found it fascinating for its anecdotes, but unexpectedly superficial when it came to its take on modernist architecture, and this weakened my general impression.
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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 ...more
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