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The fastest-growing, most dynamic capitalist country in the history of the world is the People’s Republic of China today. PETER HESSLER spent months in a development zone, hanging around with businessmen and with workers. His new book is COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory.
Plus: HAROLD MEYERSON says “Like earthquakes, Goldman Sachs can strike anytime. Its work can slumber undetected for years, only to erupt, unanticipated, with catastrophic consequences.” Harold writes an op-ed column for the Washington Post.
Also: The past and future of capitalism: historian JOYCE APPLEBY says capitalism isn’t an expression of human nature, but the specific result of some unlikely developments, mostly in England. Joyce’s new book is THE RELENTLESS REVOLUTION: A History of Capitalism.