182 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 Ross Terrill. The New Chinese Empire and What It Means for the United States. New York: Basic Books, 2003. xv, 442 pp. Hardcover $30.00, isbn 0465084125. After four decades at the interface between scholarship on the People's Republic of China and the English-reading public, Ross Terrill has now produced The New Chinese Empire, which readers may regard as his most ambitious book. Those familiar with his writing will know that Terrill is an excellent communicator and storyteller with unusual zest and flair. He has an uncanny ability to put profound ideas and insights into crisp, pithy, almost sound-bitelike sentences. Terrill's erudition in this latest book is impressive. In it he covers China's millennial history, leaping effortlessly over the centuries between the China of antiquity and the China of today. His mindset seems to have been deeply influenced by his firsthand experience of the power of the Chinese state when he was "expelled from China" in 1992 after an unsuccessful attempt to hold a Beijing hotel press conference with former Tiananmen democracy movement leader Shen Tong (then a student at Boston University). In the present work Terrill writes forcefully,
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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