This is an update site for news and information about my latest book.
Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution:
Minxin Pei, San Francisco Chronicle:
On the surface it is a book about aviation in China, but it is also one of the best books on China (ever), one of the best books on industrial organization in years, and an excellent treatment of economic growth. It is also readable and fun.
What sets "China Airborne" apart from other books on China's rise is Fallows' remarkable ability to analyze both China's unprecedented achievements in economic modernization and its inherent limitations.The Economist:
Not only does the book benefit from his keen observations as a journalist in China, but also it is enriched by his technical knowledge as a passionate aviator. The result is informative and lively, with hardly a trace of needless jargon.John Berthelsen, Asia Sentintel:
A book that uses the country's air industry as a metaphor for what is going on inside China itself. ... The book is a daring gamble, although it probably didn't start out that way. In recent weeks, it has begun to appear that China is in for a far rougher landing than anyone had thought possible even a few months ago, as its exports collapse. The air industry, from building airplanes to flying them to hopefully selling them overseas as an apex industry, could well be a victim of the downturn.Evan Osnos, New Yorker online:
Instead of pretending to encapsulate this contradictory country and place, he unpacks one industry with great skill--an industry that I don't otherwise care much about, aviation--and uses it as a persuasive metaphor for measuring China's progress toward its own aspirations.Forgive me for quoting these, but a guy has to get his message out; and I am grateful for people of this stature accepting the main points I am trying to make.
The Atlantic, "What Is the Chinese Dream?", from the final chapter of the book.
The Atlantic, "Flying Blind Through the Mountains of Hunan," from the introduction to the book.
Popular Science, "China Takes Off", from the chapter on the environmental consequences of aviation.
Wired, details to come.
INTERVIEWS, videos, and press
Actually, to start off here is a nice story from Phoenix New Times about a Zocalo event at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.