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China by Adeline Yen Mah
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Apr 28, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

This book blew me away. It think it was mostly the scope and subject that was so fascinating (though clean, clear writing helps). I honestly can't believe how little I've known about Chinese history. It was a "Hey, listen to this," sort of book for me. Some of those emperors was downright brutal. I even found myself ranting out of the blue at a family party about the heartless British opium trade. I only regret that much of this information was so new to me that I've already forgotten a great deal of it. Hopefully, it will provide me with reference points I can use as I learn more about China.

Why only four stars? The text formatting of this book needed some major help. The way the book was set, the word spacing shrunk in some places as to be virtual useless. Soyouendedupwithlinesthatreadlikethis. Ack.

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