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Shanghai: Life, Love and Infrastructure in China's City of the Future
by Stephen Grace (Goodreads Author)
Shanghai is the most modern and dynamic city in China. In preparation for hosting the World Expo 2010, a World's Fair in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions, the megalopolis embarked on an overhaul to transform itself from the ?Pearl of the Orient? into the ?City of the Future.? Here, the world's tallest buildings soar, the planet's longest bridges s ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 16th 2010 by Sentient Publications
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As someone interested in China, it's language and culture, this seemed like an interesting read. The author focuses mainly on one part of China, the city of Shanghai (since China has many faces). The surroundings, the food, the history - this all can be found and this already makes it a great travel book. But this shouldn't be seen as just a travel book, it explores the people and their everyday lives. Not just people seen from a foreigners perspective, but also as friends and their families. Th ...more
I've read a lot of books by this author. This is currently my favorite. It will probably be trumped by his upcoming book on water. I lived in China for many years and finally someone sheds light on why the Chinese wear pajamas in public! There are so many other insights between the pages of this book. It's a must for anyone interested in China and the life of ordinary citizens being affected by the government's policy to grow at all costs -- even when it means razing ancient neighborhoods and up ...more
Stephen Grace is the author of a novel and several nonfiction books. While caretaking a house where the poet T.S. Eliot lived, he studied novel writing with Stratis Haviaras, founding editor of Harvard Review. To publish a book about the historical cartography of Colorado, he worked with Library of Congress curators and with Vincent Virga, called "America's foremost picture editor." While research ...moreMore about Stephen Grace...