James Fallows - China Airborne

James Fallows - China Airborne

"China Airborne" by James Fallows (Pantheon, 2012).

In conversation with Orville Schell, Center on US-China Relations.

China's aerospace industry is growing by leaps and bounds, backed by an ambitious government commitment to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next Five-Year Plan in order to become the leading producer and user of commercial planes.

China Airborne is journalist James Fallows' account of his travels around China, not only by scheduled but also (exceptionally) by private planes, meeting the entrepreneurs, engineers, workers, dreamers and hucksters for whom the sky's the limit in China's latest commercial venture. Followed by a book sale and signing.

James Fallows is a national correspondent at the Atlantic Monthly, though he also contributes to Slate, The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Fallows has been a frequent contributor of commentaries to NPR — and since 2009 a regular news analyst for Weekend Editions of All Things Considered. The author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports From China, Fallows has a long-standing interest in technology, aviation and China.

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Schell is the author of fourteen books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes

Previous praise for Fallows: “A shrewd observer of human foibles and political quagmires…(Fallows) gives us panoramic views of China that are both absorbing and illuminating.” —Jonathan Spence, The New York Times Book Review

Followed by a book sale and signing.

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Event Details

22 May 2012
6:30pm - 8:30pm

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY

$10 members; $12 students with ID/seniors; $15 nonmembers