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
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,550,057

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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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Starred Review. With its surging storyline, extraordinary events, and depth of character, this gripping tale . . . reads . . . like a novel. "