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A Bouquet of Radio Interviews, Reviews and Excerpts from China’s Second Continent

June 3, 2014

An interview with Steve Inskeep of NPR’s Morning Edition. June 30, 2014.
Part one of a lengthy discussion of my new book, China’s Second Continent, on the @Winslow_R Sino-Africa podcast.
And here is part two of my discussion with the @Winslow_R Sino-Africa podcast.
Here’s the link to today’s WBEZ Worldview (NPR) interview about my new book:
NPR’s Tell Me More, with Michel Martin
Fresh Air with Terry Gross (interviewed by Dave Davies)
WAMU (NPR) – Kojo Nnamdi Show
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC) on China and Africa
HuffPost Live, a video interview about the book.
Reuters TV, The Exchange, an interview.
A print interview with Samuel Wade of China Digital Times.
A print interview with Columbia University’s Weatherhead Institute.
“In Africa, China’s Wild Rush,” my Op-Ed with The New York Times.
A lengthy excerpt from the book from Quartz.
The Settlers, a review in the New York Times by Alexis Okeowo.

非洲将成为“中国的第二块大陆”?A Chinese-language version of the Okeowo review, from the NYT Chinese-language magazine: http://cn.tmagazine.com/books/20140721/t21africa/

A review by the historian, Stephen Ellis, from the Wall Street Journal.
A review from Africa.Redux.
A review from the Huffington Post.
Purchase my book, China’s Second Continent here.
My other books:
Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life
A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa


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Into Africa: China’s Wild Rush

Published May 16, 2014

Copyright The New York Times By HOWARD W. FRENCH MAY 16, 2014 NAIROBI, Kenya — For nearly a decade, as China made a historic push for business opportunities and expanded influence in Africa, most of the continent’s leaders were so thrilled at having a deep-pocketed partner willing to make big investments and start huge new projects that they rarely paused to consider whether they were getting a sound deal. China has peppered the continent with newly built stadiums, airports, hospitals, highways and dams, but as Africans are beginning to fully recognize, these projects have also left many countries saddled with heavy debts and other problems, from environmental conflict to labor strife. As a consequence, China’s relationship with the continent is entering a new and …

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Bloomberg’s Folly: The Backstory is About to be Told

Published May 1, 2014

“I don’t feel proud of working for Bloomberg now,” said one reporter who had participated in the China efforts and has so far remained at the company. In December, the reporter removed from his table a letter of commendation he had received from Winkler and took it out of its frame. “I was ashamed of it.” – See more at: http://www.cjr.org/feature/bloombergs_folly.php?page=all#sthash.Ovp24X3e.dpuf

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Spare the Advice: ‘The Tyranny of Experts,’ by William Easterly

Published April 18, 2014

“Locating the formative years of development between 1919 and 1949 highlights a critical point,” Easterly writes: “Development ideas took shape before there was even the most minimal respect in the West for the rights of individuals in the Rest.” Western racism, he asserts, spared no one, but in Africa it was at the very heart of the concept of development.

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