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About Age of Ambition
From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy—or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don’t see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes.
As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.
About the Author
Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker, covering politics and foreign affairs. From 2005 to 2013, he lived in Beijing, which is the basis for his book "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Faith and Truth in the New China." It was awarded the National Book Award in 2014. He lives in Washington, D.C.