Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

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By (author) Liel Leibovitz, By (author) Matthew Miller

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 22 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393342301
  • ISBN 13: 9780393342307
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,586,205

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In 1872, China-ravaged by poverty, population growth, and aggressive European armies-sent 120 boys to America to learn the secrets of Western innovation. They studied at New England's finest schools and were driven by a desire for progress and reform. When anti-Chinese fervor forced them back home, the young men had to overcome a suspicious imperial court and a country deeply resistant to change in technology and culture. Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable story, weaving together the dramas of personal lives with the fascinating tale of a nation's endeavor to become a world power.

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Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine and teaches at New York University. He is the coauthor of Fortunate Sons, Lili Marlene, and The Chosen Peoples. He lives in New York City. Matthew Milleris the co-author of Lili Marlene: The Soldiers' Song of World War II. He lives in New York.

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"Highly readable." -- William Wong "A useful reminder of how long exchanges between our two countries have been under way, and of the risks and rewards that these connections have brought to both sides." -- Deborah Fallows "Starred Review. With its surging storyline, extraordinary events, and depth of character, this gripping tale ... reads ... like a novel."