Everything Under the Heavens by Howard W. French
How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

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A lucid if stolid overview of regional history, useful for students of Pacific affairs in playing out scenarios of what might happen next.
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From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy.

For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports Howard French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims to areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China's present-day actions in decidedly historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past. If we understand how that historical identity relates to current actions, in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal, we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China stands to become--and to interact wisely with a future peer.
    
Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.


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About Howard W. French

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Howard W. French is a senior writer for the New York Times. After teaching at the University of Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, he began his journalism career writing about Africa for the Washington Post, Africa News, The Economist and numerous other publications. Since 1986, he has reported for the Times from Central America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, Korea, and now China. In 1997, his coverage of the fall of Mobuto Sese Seko won the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best newspaper interpretation of foreign affairs. French was born in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Shanghai with his wife and their two children.www.howardfrench.com
 
Published March 14, 2017 by Knopf. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Dec 27 2016

A lucid if stolid overview of regional history, useful for students of Pacific affairs in playing out scenarios of what might happen next.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Jerry Lenaburg on Mar 13 2017

Well laid out and sourced and very readable for the newcomer to this geopolitical situation, this book is an excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world.

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Reviewed by David Mulroney on Mar 24 2017

In his new book, appropriately titled Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power, former New York Times journalist Howard W. French makes it clear China's sense of national superiority is of more than historical significance.

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