The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Michael Meyer (Author)
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Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date
October 10, 2017
6.4 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

A two-time winner of a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, MICHAEL MEYER is also
the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award for nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His
stories have appeared in the New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Slate, the Financial Times, the
Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and on This American Life. The author of The Last Days of
Old Beijing and In Manchuria, Meyer teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh.


"Meyer is an amiable narrator, and he introduces the reader to some of China's greatest paradoxes; notably a pride in history that co-exists with a compulsion to destroy the past." - New York Times Book Review

"A humorous, detailed chronicle of the kind of bewildering, bracing contact impressions between him and the Chinese that illustrate both the huge divide between the two countries as well as the shared humanity. . . . [Meyer] delineates his experiences with a great verve and a light hand." - Kirkus Reviews

"Meyer has a sharp eye both for the details of two such contrasting cities, but also for the seismic changes China would undergo in a mere 20 years. There's neither outsize pride, nor false modesty, here, but instead a humility gained from an immersion that finds him continually off-balance, which creates its own sort of wisdom." - Booklist

"Meyer continues to present his fascinating and worthwhile impressions of China. . . . Those planning an actual trip to China as well as armchair travelers will be enlightened and entertained by this exceptional book." - Library Journal

"A captivating book that tells wonderful stories, both about the China Meyer witnesses and the China that has vanished." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Road to Sleeping Dragon is an invaluable resource for anybody determined to engage with today's China. Rather than telling readers what to think about China, Michael Meyer's lively memoir shows them how to think -- how to embrace new experiences, new perspectives, and the ever-changing new incarnations of this incredible country." - Peter Hessler, author of ORACLE BONES and RIVER TOWN

"I've been an admirer of Michael Meyer since his first book, and this, his third, only makes me more so. It's hard for me to think of anyone who can dive into another culture with such infectious zest and curiosity, and who gets in so deep, so fast." - Adam Hochschild, author of KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST

"China has never had an explicator and enthusiast like Michael Meyer. His story of how he got to know the country is exciting, sometimes hair-raising, and always fascinating. This is a terrific book and I recommend it highly." - Ian Frazier, author of TRAVELS IN SIBERIA

"A compelling work of narrative nonfiction about the city itself." - Ian Johnson, Wall Street Journal on LAST DAYS OF OLD BEIJING

"A haunting portrait of the interaction between change and changelessness in China." - Slate on THE LAST DAYS OF OLD BEIJING

"Meyer writes from the appealing perspective of an American outsider who can tell a Chinese story from the inside, as it were, by plunging into the private lives of people he came to know intimately . . . As an historian, and especially as a guide to Chinese museums, memorials, and monuments, Meyer is superb . . . [He] is not only a connoisseur of patriotic monuments, but also a wonderful explorer of the relics of a past that is rubbed out, overlooked, or largely forgotten." - Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books on IN MANCHURIA