Book Review — The Myth of Chinese Capitalism


The Myth of Chinese Capitalism by Dexter Roberts is a personalized study of the Chinese economy. Rather than relying strictly on numbers — exports, GDP, and the expansion of the infrastructure, Roberts centers on the Mo family and traces the outward from there. China is rapidly changing, perhaps more so than any other country in history. Social disruption during the Industrial Revolution in England is well documented in history and literature. China’s changes in size, speed, and scope, easily dwarfs England’s changes. Modern trade and industry, along with the largest exporting economy in the world, have not only damaged or destroyed traditional Chinese lifestyle it has also transformed Chinese Communism into something very different. Roberts brings the reader his first-hand experiences in China and gives the reader a view of China from the view of migrant workers displaced from their farms. A unique look at China and its economy.

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