The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China Review

As any traveler knows, some of the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So, when a long-time NPR correspondent wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab--and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change.
China--America's most important competitor--is at a turning point. With economic growth slowing, Chinese people face inequality and uncertainty as their leaders tighten control at home and project power abroad.
In this adventurous, original book, NPR correspondent Frank Langfitt describes how he created a free taxi service--offering rides in exchange for illuminating conversation--to go beyond the headlines and get to know a wide range of colorful, compelling characters representative of the new China. They include folks like "Beer," a slippery salesman who tries to sell Langfitt a used car; Rocky, a farm boy turned Shanghai lawyer; and Chen, who runs an underground Christian church and moves his family to America in search of a better, freer life.
Blending unforgettable characters, evocative travel writing, and insightful political analysis, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sharply observed and surprising book that will help readers make sense of the world's other superpower at this extraordinary moment.

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  • Nenia ? Aspiring Evil Overlord ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestLast year, I read a book-- with a similar cover to this book-- called YOUNG CHINA by Zak Dychtwald, which was all about Chinese millennials and ...

  • Kayo

    Interesting and full of information, this is insightful and witty too.Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on th...

  • Zeb Kantrowitz

    During his time as a correspondent for the 'Baltimore Sun' and NPR, mostly based in Shanghai from 1990s to 2011. While finding his way around Shanghai both physically and sociologically, Langfitt thou...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received a free ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)As someone who lived and worked in China for several years and has kept up with its major news since returning back to the states, I hon...

  • Rick

    Some might think it odd or inappropriate to give a journalist’s narrative of his interactions with his interviewees 5 stars. In fact, I normally reserve such a rating for books with lyrical prose, b...

  • Susan (aka Just My Op)

    I was given an Advance Reading Copy of this book.A book about a “foreigner” who offered free taxi rides to the people of Shanghai for the exchange of having a conversation sounded like it would be...

  • Thomas Kelley

    I initially heard about this book on NPR. The Author who had first spent time in China as a Bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun. During the time of this book he was an NPR reporter based in Shanghai. H...

  • Jade Pham Gift

    Heard bout this book on NPR. Sounded interesting. Just started reading, so stay tune folk....

  • John Schachter

    A delightful and fascinating read. The book chronicles stories of people in China over the last few years. The author manages to get interesting and insightful stories out of people in an otherwise ve...

  • rose

    This book was pitched to me as a collection of stories, a peek into the lives of a few ordinary Chinese people through the eyes of an experienced reporter. I was let down. With stilted, matter-of-fact...