Dragon Rising: An Inside Look At China Today is an easy reading overview of China’s current economic situation, broken out by region. The book alternates between bland overview information and very interesting personal accounts of various aspects of life. I couldn’t help but feel the book was too shallow though, every section is “themed” around some issue in China. The Beijing section talks about the government and its ills, the Shanghai section talks about the disparity between the big cities and the country side, etc.
This isn’t a bad book, but there are others I would recommend reading instead.