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Book Review of Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory


  • King, David

    () (Columbia University)


Although Country Driving is written for a popular audience rather than for researchers, Hessler provides a valuable account of the central role played by the automobile in China’s ongoing urbanization. Today, we have a unique opportunity to observe the changes in land development and personal travel brought by the automobile in real time; most of our understanding of this phenomenon has come from historical research that pieces together what happened in developed nations at the beginning of twentieth century. While it is possible to look at descriptive statistics and analysis to understand what is happening, a work like Country Driving provides valuable insights into how economics, incentives, and cultural factors play out among people.

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  • King, David, 2010. "Book Review of Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 3(3), pages 83-85.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jtralu:0052

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    Book review; China travel;

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    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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