*The 1 Hour China Book*

I enjoyed this book, which is authored by Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel.  Here is one excerpt:

Looking at China today, what you don’t see is an integrated continental economy.  You don’t see infrastructure connecting each part of the country, like say in the United States.  That is likely the future but not yet the present.

If you look at the population and the existing infrastructure, what you actually see is a series of “clusters.”  You see local groups of cities with over 60 million people.  For example, Beijing/Tianjin in the North is actually a cluster of 28 cities — all tightly interconnected by roads, rail and other infrastructure.  Qingdao, well known for its beer, is actually part of a 35-city cluster.

Overall, China has more than 20 of these clusters…and each of these clusters is about the size of a European country.  According to government plans, China’s main clusters will cover 80% of GDP and 60% of the population.

The book is compact and useful, but it didn’t take me an hour.

Comments

'but it didn’t take me an hour'

Who is taking the under?

And for those taking the under, see if you can humble brag as artfully.

How about something like: "let's just say I billed it as an hour"

"Though it took me 37 minutes so perhaps I did not experience the book as intended"

I mean I'd take the under, but just because I've been reading the blog longer than most people and know Tyler pretty well.

It was supposed to be a one-hour book, but my copy must have been missing hundreds of pages at the end.

Because that is what the words mean in normal usage.

Otherwise they would be meaningless.

"It didn't take me an hour. It took me an hour and one second!". See, dumb.

And maybe it is useful info for people who want an hour claim to be fulfilled.

Self-aware people know that if they want to always look for the hidden bad side of people they can find it. Then they realize there are 7 billion people and they stop.

Here is the 1 second guide to china but YMMV I admit
All you will need to know for a long time is: there is a ton of people

Clusters of people are easier to control.

Internal highway systems help your enemies as much as they help you.

China's weakness to a single boomer is relatively well known.

not to turn this into some war tech nerd-off, but lets take a random strategic sub, 20 missiles x 6 for the MIRV on each, thats 120 warheads. Thats more than enough to take out all American population clusters of importance too.

Actually the cluster arrangement sounds very efficient - competing differentiated networks.

How long did it take?

Tyler does 8 minute abs in 5 min 28 sec.

"For example, Beijing/Tianjin in the North is actually a cluster of 28 cities — all tightly interconnected by roads, rail and other infrastructure. Qingdao, well known for its beer, is actually part of a 35-city cluster."

Sounds like LA.

You only have to get a little farther down the list than the top 20 Metros to have half the population of the U.S. These Metro Areas contain multiple cities that are all "tightly interconnected by roads, rail and other infrastructure". I don't understand what I am supposed to be getting from this snippet. China has a lot of people?

Tyler, considering the number of books you read every year , I think you complete every book in less than an hour, including the 3 volumes of Marx's capital and War and peace

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