书籍 Out of the Gobi的封面

Out of the Gobi

Weijian Shan

出版时间

2019-02-05

文件格式

EPUB

文件大小

2.94MB

评分

★★★★★
内容简介

Weijian Shan'sOut of the Gobiis a powerful memoir and commentary that will be one of the most important books on China of our time, one with the potential to re-shape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America.

Shan, a former hard laborer who is now one of Asia's best-known financiers, is thoughtful, observant, eloquent, and brutally honest, making him well-positioned to tell the story of a life that is a microcosm of modern China, and of how, improbably, that life became intertwined with America.Out of the Gobidraws a vivid picture of the raw human energy and the will to succeed against all odds.

Shan only finished elementary school when Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution tore his country apart. He was a witness to the brutality and absurdity of Mao's policies during one of the most tumultuous eras in China's history. Exiled to the Gobi Desert at age 15 and denied schooling for 10 years, he endured untold hardships without ever giving up his dream for an education. Shan's improbable journey, from the Gobi to the "People's Republic of Berkeley" and far beyond, is a uniquely American success story - told with a splash of humor, deep insight and rich and engaging detail.

This powerful and personal perspective on China and America will inform Americans' view of China, humanizing the country, while providing a rare view of America from the prism of a keen foreign observer who lived the American dream.

Says former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: "Shan's life provides a demonstration of what is possible when China and the United States come together, even by happenstance. It is not only Shan's personal history that makes this book so interesting but also how the stories of China and America merge in just one moment in time to create an inspired individual so unique and driven, and so representative of the true sprits of both countries."

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几十年历史洪流以第一视觉的放大镜下缓缓铺开。许多以前课本上一笔带过的历史名词,背后原来有这么多在现代看来不可想像的辛酸和扭曲。有许多章节看得眼泪止不住。大时代的洪流下,大多数个人的挣扎实在苍白无力,正如单博士30年后回到戈壁滩时,发现当初苦苦耕养的农地到头来还是抵不过戈壁滩的风沙而变回贫瘠。非常佩服单博士,为了改变命运,在艰苦的沙漠劳作中仍然坚持学习,在机会到来时如饥似渴、千方百计去把他们抓住。从戈壁滩逃离,短短十年时间,跃升至沃顿商学院的教授,除了命运的垂青,更离不开个人汗水的耕耘。
单伟建从一个小学毕业生,当了十年知青,最后成为沃顿商学院教授,并且管理亚洲最大的私募之一PAG的人生历程。这本书在当下的环境有特别的意义。仇恨与冲突都是政客制造出来用来操纵民意、博取支持和所谓合法性的工具。普通人的生活本来离这些东西很远,却往往被煽动起来的狂热毁掉。只有国家走向开放,不同国家的人之间能自由交流,美好的事情才会发生。
事无巨细但绝不枯燥的回忆录,单老板有如今的江湖地位也是该当。观察学习思考能力算最基本的,即使在绝地困境下也能尽力突破(学医、研究砖泥搅拌机、搞好人缘、说服学校量身定制课程、多方奔走解决妻子赴美和签证问题等等),也有奇妙的际遇和善缘(Jefferson Starship的签名唱片!)。时势波澜写得也好,个人命题里做不了太深入探讨,但足够全面客观。
前半部分主要是写作者上山下乡期间在内蒙古戈壁耕地,烧砖块,挖土豆,做赤脚医生等等的经历,在如此艰苦的条件下作者同时也在不停思考他们付出的劳动变成无用功的根源,还有如何改进生产力,但种种的努力都无法得到实践,可见当时政策的盲目性和破坏性之大,不仅浪费了一代人的青春(简直是流放做奴隶),也一定程度上造成了教育和文化的断层,后半部分主要是作者上大学和留学的经历比较平淡,但和前半部分一起看的话也挺神奇的,作者作为商学院的教授也是根据自己的经历写了一些关于市场经济和计划经济的思考,但这方面感觉可以写的更深入一些
飞机上看完了。单可比许多业内大佬们实在多了,不乱卖无用鸡汤,文笔淳朴,语言对于中国读者也极其友好。对于没有那个时代经历的年轻读者还是非常生动的。虽说时代造人,但有时候也是事在人为啊。作为一个刚步入而立之年却时常陷入中年懒散状态的人,惭愧万分…
2022年完全对号入座了,今朝今昔,又是一个人的妄断影响了千万人的生活。政治真不是个玩儿应。
My biggest motivation recently
时代的洪流不可避免的落在每一个人头上,你要用什么态度回应,你是否有强大而顽强的意志力,你要如何度过每一天。单伟健的经历让人大开眼界啊。
A survivor’s memoir….. not bad but it’s hallowed by the author’s intelligent and luck. How about the rest who were confined to the GOBI forever.
一个身处时代洪流中的个体,如何与命运抗衡,逆流而上,成功翻盘的励志事实。除了天赋,不言放弃,刻苦努力,时刻准备抓住所有机会向上攀登才能攀上顶峰。
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