Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include Global Shanghai, China's Brave New World, and Twentieth-Century China. Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is an Associate at the University of Michigan's Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. She has written on modern Chinese history for the Wall Street Journal and the LA Review of Books.
Praise for the third edition: China in the 21st Century is comprehensive, wide-ranging, succinct, and eminently readable. For anyone who wants to understand today's China, this is a terrific place to start. -- Jiayang Fan, Staff Writer, The New Yorker I found this book incredibly useful when I was ambassador to China and tried to give a copy to every new colleague who arrived in Beijing. It's a great read, comprehensive and well researched. Wasserstrom and Cunningham give you all you need to know to start understanding China. -- Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican Ambassador to China Essential reading for scholars and general readers alike seeking to understand China's past, present and future. Indispensable. -- Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, Oxford University, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World It is difficult to be concise, clear, and correct all at the same time. Wasserstrom and Cunningham have managed to pull this trick off in China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. The essentials of China's history and politics are engagingly distilled in question-answer format, providing brief but authoritative explanations of the core issues that still permeate modern Chinese society. Should be an essential carry-on item for the plane trip to China-whether in a student backpack or an executive briefcase. -- David Moser, Dean of Yenching Academy, Peking UniversityPraise for previous editions: A useful resource for those who want a greater understanding of the how and why of China's emergence as a global power. -- Library Journal Readers who know a fair bit about China already will be left better informed, looking at what they already knew in another light. Readers new to the subject couldn't start in a better place. -- Urbanatomy.com This slim volume does the impossible: it provides the essential knowledge that intelligent readers need to have about China historically and today and it can be read in less time than it take to fly from the U.S. to China! -- Susan Shirk, author of China: Fragile Superpower A sure-footed guide through the thickets of China's history and the turbo-driven landscape of its current affairs. Indispensable reading. -- Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China A remarkable feat that melds the insights from deep scholarly immersion in history with an up-to-the-minute grasp on contemporary developments in China and beyond. -- Haiyan Lee, Stanford University [China in the 21st Century] has asked most of the questions that the intelligent visitor to China will ask, and has answered them lucidly, vividly, and originally. Anyone who wants to know about the coming superpower can profit from this book. -- Timothy Garton Ash, author of The File Jeffrey Wasserstom has found the perfect collaborator in Maura Cunningham. Together, they have produced, analyzed, and digested more of the best research on China's past and present than a reader could ever hope to match. And now they have taken on the hardest question of all: What truly matters most in understanding China? In this crystalline and up-to-date edition, they have given us the answers. I keep this book within reach at all times. -- Evan Osnos, The New Yorker