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A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.
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. He asks
probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history
choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals - fluent in
English and devoted to Western pop culture - consider themselves "angry youth", dedicated to resisting the West's
influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth?
Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and
reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can