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Rob Gifford first went to China in 1987 as a twenty-year-old language student. He has spent much of the last twenty years studying and reporting there. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Beijing correspondent of National Public Radio, and he traveled all over China and the rest of Asia reporting for" Morning Edition" and" All Things Considered." He is now NPR's London bureau chief.
Advance praise for China Road "How I envy Rob Gifford and his journey along China Road. How grateful I am to him for allowing me to share the trip through his vivid writing and his deep knowledge of and great love for China. As vicarious enjoyment goes, this one's a ten."-Ted Koppel, managing editor, "Discovery Channel" "Rob Gifford has found the perfect road trip. His years in China have given him a keen eye and a deep understanding of the country's contradictions; he's the perfect guide to this magnificent road from Shanghai to the Kazakhstan border."-Peter Hassler, author of "River Town" and" Oracle Bones" "My gosh, I loved Rob Gifford's book. His journey along Route 312 is a great road story-from Hooters in Shanghai to the Iron House of Confucianism. China Road is insightful, funny, analytical, anecdotal, full of humble humor and magnificent discoveries."-Scott Simon, host of""NPR's "Weekend Edition" and author of" Pretty Birds""Here is China end to end, told from its equivalent of Route 66 as Gifford journeys from Shanghai to the distant west, talking to truck drivers, merchants, hermits, and whores. Gifford portrays China with affection and humor, in all its complexity, energy, hopefulness, and risk."-Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University "Equal parts Bill Bryson and Jonathan Spence. Gifford is great company and great fun, and China Road is a terrific, highly readable book."-Jim Yardley, Pulitzer Prize-winning "New York Times" Beijing correspondent "A great book, a terrific read. Rob Gifford's story is as engaging as any travel writing, but it is equally full of historical and philosophical wisdom about the future of the world's largest country."-Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former assistant secretary of defense, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University "After six years in Beijing, NPR's Rob Gifford has written a wonderfully reflective bute