Fortunate Sons

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

By Liel Leibovitz; Matthew Miller
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393070040, 319pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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At the twilight of the nineteenth century, China sent a detachment of boys to America in order to learn the ways of the West, modernize the antiquated empire, and defend it from foreigners invading its shores. After spending a decade in New England s finest schools, the boys re-turned home, driven by a pioneering spirit of progress and reform. Their lives in America influenced not only their thinking but also their nation s endeavor to become a contemporary world power, an endeavor that resonates powerfully today. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other first-person accounts, Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable tale, weaving together the dramas of personal lives with the momentous thrust of a nation reborn. Shedding light on a crucial yet largely unknown period in China s history, Fortunate Sons provides insight into the issues concerning that nation today, from its struggle toward economic supremacy to its fraught relationship with the United States."
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