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    Economist: Fortune Cookie Chronicles among top 10 selling books worldwide on China in May

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | June 9, 2008

    My brother IMed me a few days ago to tell me that Fortune Cookie Chronicles was mentioned on page 96 of The Economist (subscription required) in the types of books that interest people on China. I was surprised that this far out, it even ranks internationally (even within the narrow topic of China-related), because it is not available in other countries. There is only a U.S. edition. It’s really more a book about America than the United States.
    Chinese takeaway
    June 5th 2008
    From The Economist print edition

    Three things interest Westerners about China: food, fertility and finance
    “THE China Study” is the world’s biggest-selling book about all things Chinese because it touches on two American obsessions. The first is that you will only live longer if you are able to reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, diabetes and cancer. The second is that there exists a conspiracy of powerful lobbies, government entities and opportunistic scientists who must be overcome. The Campbells, father and son, are there to show how to achieve both.

    “After a long career in research and policymaking,” says Colin Campbell, the elder of the two authors, “I have decided to step ‘out of the system.’ I have decided to disclose why Americans are so confused. As a taxpayer who foots the bill for research and health policy in America, you deserve to know that many of the common notions you have been told about food, health and disease are wrong.”

    So who is right? The answer is the Chinese. Thomas Jefferson advised Americans that meat should be treated as a condiment for vegetables. Jefferson, like China, is now in fashion. In a nutshell: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

    Bestselling books about China

    1. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted

    by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell

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    2. The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

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    3. A Bull in China: Investing Profitability in the World’s Greatest Market

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    4. The Tao of Fertility

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    5. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun

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    6. China (Lonely Planet Guide)

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    7. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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    8. The Infertility Cure

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    9. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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    10. China Fireworks: How to Make Dramatic Wealth from the Fastest-Growing Economy in the World

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