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*This Website   *The eBook   *The Paperback

Living in and reading about China

Feet on soil chapters.    Nose in books chapters.

Two types of chapter, alternating: Dichotomy, duality, doubly interesting.

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The complete ebook is available -- Click here -- for less than

the price of a plate of General Tso's Chicken

while this website, which contains portions of the ebook, grows periodically (slowly) through sequential postings.

The Paperback: Image.  Another.    Available here.

See Additional postings/Notifications for further details about the website.

If the postings here are not sufficient to whet your China appetite, see the
Extended Table of Contents in the Addendum

for a summary of what the entire book contains.

ebook note for beginners:
Download a free app for your Android, iOS, Mac, PC, or other web device. This will enable you to read any Kindle ebook on literally any device. No need to transfer or convert files. Everything is automatically reconfigured to the size of your screen, something this website also does, as you see if you are viewing on your mobile phone or tablet.
Here is the link to these apps: Free. Further guidance: Guide.

* To minimize cost (substantially), imagepages in paperback are not in color. However, all are available in color on this website.

Not your usual website, is this?

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Table of Contents

* includes author profile
** includes link to books by author's friends

On his deathbed friends urged him, for the sake of his soul, to retract his incredible narrative.
Marco Polo’s only reply to their pleadings, tradition tells, was the simple comment:
“I have not told half of what I saw.”

Hildebrand, Jesse Richardson. "The World's Greatest Overland Explorer", National Geographic Magazine (Nov. 1928).
When I went to China, I went to teach; but every day that I stayed I thought less of what I had to teach them
and more of what I had to learn from them.

Bertrand Russell, The Problem of China (1929).
Before I reached America I knew that if I could possibly manage it and if there still be time,
I would go back.

Graham Peck, Through China’s Wall (1940).

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Full chapter is here.

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Full chapter is here.

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One last thing:
Hardy has just published a new book, this one about birds,


The Pursuit, The Bird, The Place -- for 30 different birds in North America.

The reviews are in:
"Quite an amazing production!", "It is a great read!", "I love it!",
"love the feel of free range authorship", "What a great read!", "thoroughly enjoyed it!", "infectious!"

Just as with the book here, there's a companion website for the book:

Also available right now on Amazon: 30 Birds

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