Book News: Peking Duck and Beijing Flight Delays

PekingDuck.jpgFor years I have been a fan of the web site known as The Peking Duck. Therefore I am very gratified by a review that appeared there today, which 100% grasped the point of my recent book.

And from an American traveler now in Beijing:

Thumbnail image for ChinaAirborneFrontCoverSmall.pngThe current issue that I'm talking to people about is the number of people whose trips back to BJ (from another location in China) have  been foiled by the airline constraints over airspace.  It was actually ridiculous to hear the number of people in this team who take it for granted that their plans (for travel within China) will be foiled by constraints on airspace. 

This morning, at my meeting to discuss energy policy with folks from [XX] office, several of the team members were stuck in one city or  another because of constraints on the country's airspace.  The director of the program was delayed 24 hours getting back to BJ because they couldn't get clearances...  Couldn't help but laugh, and told all of the staff that I had THE perfect book for them to read!

That is all.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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