Non-fiction: A take on how to handle China's rise

Non-fiction: A take on how to handle China's rise
Henry Paulson’s treatise on China is part memoir, part policy document, and is marred by his self-regard. Picture: Bloomberg

NON-Fiction: Dealing With China. y Henry M Paulson Jnr. Headline, €34 . Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

When the future US treasury secretary Henry ‘Hank’ Paulson was growing up on a farm in 1950s Illinois, China seemed like a strange and frightening place. His family’s concrete-lined bomb shelter in the basement was chiefly designed to defend against a nuclear strike from the Soviet Union. US films and comic books about the “yellow peril”, however, depicted another communist regime as an even more sinister threat.

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