Arjen's Reviews > Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

Country Driving by Peter Hessler
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

This book was made possible by the automobile, and it is the car that binds the three sections of the book: driving west along the Great Wall; getting a weekend home and experiencing village life in the Hebei countryside; exploring a newly built expressway outside of Wenzhou and seeing how it urbanized the countryside. I really enjoyed Hessler's insight in village life, a part of society that I have not been able to uncover myself. Hessler shows how the car boom has brought citizens to the countryside and peasants into urban society, the transition the peasants make from subsistence farming to small town entrepreneurs is touching. The third section of the book is about Wenzhou entrepreneurs setting up a bra ring factory and brings to light the motivations and thought of the factory owners, technicians and assembly line workers. I think Hesslers' insights will help me explain China business philosophy better to my colleagues.

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