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.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 211 x 142 x 20 mm
"Highly readable." -- William Wong - San Francisco Chronicle
"A fascinating and well-told history." -- Peter Hessler, author of Country Driving
"Thoroughly enjoyable...an outstanding tale of cross-cultural fertilization." -- Booklist
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