I picked up a reference to this book on a blog that I was passing through recently. It was included in a list that the blog writer had read and was recommending, and since I have an interest in China, her politics and how she is starting to make herself felt, I thought I'd take a look.
It is a thoroughly researched, detailed, clear and articulate exposition of China's past, current status, and extrapolations and predictions as the what the future might hold. It's as excellent a political book as I have ever read. See other reviews here. If the subject is of interest, don't hesitate.