Fortunate Sons by Liel Leibovitz
The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

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“Thoroughly enjoyable . . . an outstanding tale of cross-cultural fertilization.” —Booklist


In 1872, China—ravaged by poverty, population growth, and aggressive European armies—sent 120 boys to America to learn the secrets of Western innovation. They studied at New England’s finest schools and were driven by a desire for progress and reform. When anti-Chinese fervor forced them back home, the young men had to overcome a suspicious imperial court and a country deeply resistant to change in technology and culture. Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable story, weaving together the dramas of personal lives with the fascinating tale of a nation’s endeavor to become a world power.


 

About Liel Leibovitz

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Liel Leibovitz is the co-author of Lili Marlene: The Soldiers' Song of World War II. He lives in New York. Matthew Milleris the co-author of Lili Marlene: The Soldiers' Song of World War II. He lives in New York.
 
Published February 14, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Although a remarkably large number of the boys eventually rose to power and influence in China, Leibovitz and Miller (Lili Marlene: The Soldiers’ Song of World War II, 2008) wisely focus on only a dozen or so, tracking their journey to Hartford, Conn., the Mission’s base of operations, their accu...

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One such observation — “For the boys,” the story of the transcontinental railroad’s creation “could have contained many lessons about the contrasting outlooks of imperial China and the young American republic” — is followed by a lengthy discussion of the Central Pacific Railroad, ethnic tensions ...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Anti-Chinese sentiments that started in California - and eventually became official U.S. policy in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 - cut short the Chinese Educational Mission.

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Portland Book Review

The story of their lives, struggles, achievements, triumphs and heartbreaks are featured in Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller’s book Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization.

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Norton & Company Product Description The epic story of the American-educated boys who changed China forever.At the twilight of the nineteenth century, China sent a detachment of boys to America in order to learn the ways ...

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