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Everything Under the Heavens by Howard W. French

Everything Under the Heavens

Everything Under the Heavens by Howard W. French
Mar 14, 2017 | 352 Pages
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“A deep historical and cultural study of the meaning of China’s rise… Fascinating… Convincing.” —The New York Times Book Review (cover)

“Stimulating… This book is a reminder that China’s international relations take place in a historical context going back centuries if not millennia, and Mr. French is an engaging guide through that deeper history.” —The Wall Street Journal

“A look at China from the inside as well as from the outside. French knows the country well… He stresses a political history that helps illuminate territorial conflicts between China and its neighbors.” —The New Yorker

“[An] essential reminder about the unparalleled influence of the past on China’s political present… One of the most lucid and illuminating books on China’s conception of power and its place in the world… Fascinating.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“Provocative… Clearly argued… Filled with memorable sentences.” —The New York Review of Books

“Lively and illuminating.” —The Guardian

“Impressive… Masterful… An excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world.” —New York Journal of Books

“Howard W. French makes it clear China’s sense of national superiority is of more than historical significance… Chilling.” —The Globe and Mail

“Compelling… Fluent and interesting.” —Financial Times

“French combines wide scholarship with the instinct of a dogged reporter… Fascinating.” —The Irish Times

“French has curated a history of China’s foreign relations by the light of which current events can be read… A valuable resource for the continuity in the Chinese approach over time.” —The Japan Times

“Nuanced… The detail of [French’s] scholarship and reporting is matched by the suppleness of his prose… This will be a useful, and necessary, starting point for informed discussion.” —Publishers Weekly

“Howard French has tackled what is perhaps the most important issue of our time, and of many years to come, with the vivid prose of a first-rate reporter, the scholarship of an excellent historian, and great human sympathy.” Ian Buruma, author of Year Zero: A History of 1945

Everything Under the Heavens is the most persuasive account I’ve ever read of how China’s history shapes its foreign policy and that of its neighbors today. A subtle and beautifully written book that offers surprising lessons for how Americans and Asians should respond to China’s rise. Strongly recommended for policy makers and citizens alike.” —Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Center, University of California-San Diego

“Taking full account of China’s achievements and ambitions, without being panicked by them or losing sight of China’s vulnerabilities, will be a major challenge for the next generation in the rest of the world—and in China itself. Howard French very lucidly lays out a guide to thinking about the next stage in China’s evolution, and the positive signs and danger signals to be watching for.” James Fallows, author of China Airborne
“In the brilliant Everything Under the Heavens, Howard French offers a sweeping historical view of China’s relentless attempt to build an Asian world order around its unchallenged authority. French’s meticulously reported and beautifully written book is disquieting but essential reading.” —Nayan Chanda, former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review

“In Everything Under the Heavens, Howard French has written an absorbing and penetrating dissection of the deep roots of China’s claims to large swathes of the oceans off Japan and south-east Asia, with profound implications for control over vitally important global trade. French understands that China’s sense of historical entitlement is both deeply emotional and crudely political, and allows Beijing to pretend to stand with Asia, while standing over it at the same time.” Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers

“With Everything Under the Heavens, Howard French brings us a wonderfully well-researched and elegantly written book about what we might call China’s ‘shape memory.’ If you’re wondering why this singular country acts as it does, this volume will go a long way to explaining it.” Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on US-Relations, Asia Society

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