January 2015 Book Selection:
China’s Second Continent
by Howard W. French
This book is prelude to an anticipated ILS talk by Howard W. French being scheduled for February 2015.
A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned to tell the story of China in Africa.
Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting – conducted in Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, among other languages—French crafts a layered investigation of astonishing depth and breadth as he engages not only with policy-shaping moguls and diplomats, but also with the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity forged by this seismic geopolitical development. With incisiveness and empathy, French reveals the human face of China’s economic, political, and human presence across the African continent – and in doing so reveals what is at stake for everyone involved.
The next meeting of the CIR Book Club will be held at the CIR Office: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D. The office is north of Paseo de Perlata and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street. The book selection is China’s Second Continent by Howard W. French. Refreshments are welcome. Call Lee Berry, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 986-8552.