‘Country Driving’ in China

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To the outside world, contemporary China can look like a baffling whirlwind of hyper-growth and change these days.

From the inside, for ordinary Chinese, says my guest today, it can look much the same.

New Yorker magazine writer Peter Hessler wrote “River Town” and “Oracle Bones,” great works on modern China. Now he’s hit the road in China, going deep into vast and intimate landscapes that are being transformed overnight. Into the Chinese race to keep up with their own wild economic evolution.

This hour, On Point: Peter Hessler on life in the China boom.


Peter Hessler joins us from New York. He’s a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the books “Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present” and “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.”  His new book is “Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory.” 

Read an excerpt from “Country Driving.”

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