Free Download [Classics Book] ✓ The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream - by Dan Washburn ↠

By Dan Washburn | Comments: ( 679 ) | Date: ( Mar 29, 2020 )

Financial Times Best Book of 2014 Strikingly original The Wall Street Journal Gripping Revealing Brings China to life in a way that outlandish but true statistics cannot The Economist Marvelous and subtle Engrossing A book about money, power and whim that tells you everything you need to know about modern China The Spectator In China, just because somethingFinancial Times Best Book of 2014 Strikingly original The Wall Street Journal Gripping Revealing Brings China to life in a way that outlandish but true statistics cannot The Economist Marvelous and subtle Engrossing A book about money, power and whim that tells you everything you need to know about modern China The SpectatorIn China, just because something is banned, doesn t mean it can t boomIn October 2015, the Chinese Communist Party banned its 88 million members from excessive drinking, improper sexual relationships and holding golf club memberships But, with the rich man s game about to appear in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, they also began to spend unprecedented sums on their own national golf team.Through the lives of three men intimately involved in China s bizarre golf scene, award winning journalist Dan Washburn paints an arresting portrait of a country of contradictions A villager named Wang sees his life transformed when a top secret golf resort springs up next to his farm despite the building of golf courses being illegal Western executive Martin, whose firm manages the construction of golf courses, is always looking over his shoulder for Beijing s golf police And for security guard Zhou, making it as a professional golfer could be his way into China s new middle class.Using the unique lens of The Forbidden Game, Washburn gleans rich insights into the politics and people of one of the most powerful and enigmatic nations on earth.


  • Title: The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
  • Author: Dan Washburn
  • ISBN: 9781851689484
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Dan Washburn

Dan Washburn is an award winning journalist and author of The Forbidden Game Golf and the Chinese Dream, which The Wall Street Journal called strikingly original, The Economist called gripping, and The Financial Times named one of the Best Books of 2014 Dan s writing has appeared in The New York Times, FT Weekend Magazine, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Economist, Golf World, Golf Digest, ESPN, The Telegraph, Quartz, CNN Money, the South China Morning Post, and other publications His work has been featured in the anthologies Unsavory Elements Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China and Inside the Ropes Sportswriters Get Their Game On Dan is also the founding editor of Shanghaiist, one of the most widely read English language websites about China After almost a decade in China, he now works as Chief Content Officer at the Asia Society and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Bliss, their daughter Isabelle, and the family dogs Ozzie and Tux Visit Dan online at danwashburn.



Comments The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

  • Adam Minter

    This is the best kind of sports book - one that doesn't just tell you something about a sport. Rather, it offers up the rich cultural context in which the sport is played and what it means to the people who play it. Fans of quality non-fiction will appreciate the beautifully reported stories and profiles that form the narrative of this book, and make it one of the year's most compelling sports stories. Highly recommended.


  • Rob

    Wanted to read this ahead of my trip to Shanghai to teach a summer course at Fudan University next month. A marvelous integration of the development of golf in China with China's economic transformation in general. Chinese pro golfer Zhou Xunshu sums up the gist of the book best: "I think I might be living the American Dream. It's the same in China. I'm happy, but I have bigger goals."


  • Stewart Lee Beck

    Speaking as someone with 20+ years on-the-ground China business experience, and as co-founder of the Gary Player Invitational in Shanghai, I can say with some authority that Dan Washburn’s book is spot on. In it he recounts the tale of three unique individuals, caught up in the whirlwind of China’s golf industry, with candor and empathy, having lived it with them. The story provides readers with a deep appreciation for the many contradictions and challenges facing real people at all levels o [...]


  • Anne

    The growth of golf in China, despite being banned by Mao and, more recently, having development of gold courses forbidden. Yet it's the country where most golf course development is happening. Interesting book if you want to know more about the development of China, not just gold courses. Follows the nascent pro tour (now being taken over by real pros with coaches and sponsorship) and one man's hopes to be a professional golfer. In parallel we get the story of a professional golf course develope [...]


  • Kevin Pellegrini

    On top of being a touching human story, "The Forbidden Game" is a also fantastic read on how China has been changing these past few decades.This book is a window into the lives of 3 people whoses lives changed because (or thanks to ?) the chinese golf boom.I highly recommand this book !


  • Max Rose

    One of a kind book charting terra nova, as a westerner, by digging beneath the surface of the bureaucratic messiness of golf course design in China and following the development of China's budding golf tour(s) and golf course complexes in Mission Hills.


  • Clarke

    Excellent. Though the premise is on golf in China, the book is truly about how work is done in China & how the Chinese think. I wish I had read this before I went to work & live there.


  • Tom Carter

    Here’s a fun fact for all you expat putters in Shanghai: upon assuming power in 1949, one of Mao Zedong’s first directives was to denounce golf as a “sport for millionaires” and plow all existing courses in China; Hung-Jao Golf Club became Hongqiao’s Shanghai Zoo, and a nine-hole course at the city center was turned into People’s Square.The Forbidden Game, the new book by Shanghaiist founder Dan Washburn, is not another Chinese history tome, though, and in many ways it’s not even a [...]


  • Paul

    Really enjoyed reading this book. It's quite interesting to see how in China golf courses are still booming in spite of the directive above banning the construction of golf course. I think this book gives a first hand look into how $$$ has transformed China and also how it has affected people from the rich to the every day individual. Would be good to see golf from the perspective of the professional game. Nevertheless, a good read.


  • Rahul

    On the face of it a book about golf, but provides deep insights into Chinese culture and economy, while at the same time engrossing you with stories of real life heroes you can root for.


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