Meet the Author: WEALTH AND POWER


With Orville Schell, Geoffrey Cowan and Clayton Dube


Through a series of absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of the nation’s ascent from imperial doormat to global economic powerhouse in WEALTH AND POWER: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (Random House; On Sale: 7/16/13).

The basic facts of China’s rise to preeminence over the past three decades are well documented, but how did this erstwhile sleeping giant finally manage to arrive at its current phase of dynamic growth? How, after such a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval and revolution, foreign occupation and civil war, did a country once derided as the “sick man of Asia” manage to break out of its old pattern of repeatedly failed reform efforts to burst forth onto the world stage with such an impressive run of hyperdevelopment and wealth creation?

By unwrapping the intellectual antecedents of today’s resurgent China, Orville Schell and John Delury supply much-needed insight into the country’s tortured progression from nineteenth-century decline to twenty-first-century boom. By looking backward into the past to understand forces at work for hundreds of years, they help us understand China today and the future that this singular country is helping shape for all of us. Click here to enjoy an excerpt from the book. 


Orville Schell, author of more than a dozen books, studied Chinese history at Harvard and Berkeley and has written for many publications, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Time, Foreign Affairs,TheNew York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New York Times. Formerly the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, he is currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City. Click here for full bio. 


Geoffrey Cowan. Throughout his career, Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force in education, communication, and public policy. He is a noted scholar and academic administrator, lawyer, government official, best-selling author, distinguished professor, playwright, and Emmy Award-winning producer.

In 2010, Cowan was appointed to serve as the first president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.. In that role, he carries on the Annenbergs’s legacy, creating a world-class venue for important retreats for top government officials and leaders in the fields of law, education, philanthropy, the arts, culture, science, and medicine. From 1996 to 2007, Cowan served as dean of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he was named the inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and director of USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He holds a joint appointment in the USC Gould School of Law and teaches courses in communication and journalism. 

Clayton Dube (杜克雷) has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute since it was established by USC President C.L. Nikias in 2006 to focus on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. USCI enhances understanding of complex and evolving U.S.-China ties through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts.

Dube came to USC after serving as the assistant director of UCLA’s Asia Institute. During his tenure there, he managed the U.S. Department of Education designated East Asian Studies National Resource Center. He also headed the Asian studies teacher training program and oversaw a variety of instructional, research, and outreach initiatives. Among the projects he directed there were two student-driven web publications, AsiaMedia and Asia Pacific Arts, each of which had more than one million readers annually. At USC he created another successful publication, US-China Today (, and relaunched Asia Pacific Arts ( Dube’s won teaching awards at three universities.


August 1, 2013
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Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism
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