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A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

John Pomfret.  The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. New York, NY: Henry  Holt and Company, November 29th 2016. 704 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an incredible work on the relationship between the United States and China.  It is a very fascinating read from the first chapter to the last.  When one thinks about the United States and China even at the surface one realizes that the two countries are very different: on the one hand one is a new country and on the other hand the other is an ancient kingdom that have existed for thousands of years.  On the other hand one country represents the modern West while the other represents Asia.  Nevertheless the amount of intersection and interaction between the countries is incredible and have shaped the two country in crucial ways more than most people realize.  Despite the differences the people from both countries have historically been fascinated with each other while also being fearful and misunderstanding each other.

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