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From the future of America's economy to the rise of China, January's books shine a light on the human lives behind geopolitical debates

By Rohan Silva   January 2013

The Danish physicist Niels Bohr famously noted, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” But with 2013 upon us, readers will be understandably keen to prophesy about the year ahead. If January’s books are anything to go by, we should expect to see the next 12 months dominated by such weighty issues as the rise of China, ideological schisms in Britain and the nature of American economic renewal, but we may also see welcome attention paid to the human lives that are often forgotten amidst lofty geopolitical and economic debates.

This is certainly the case with China’s Silent Army…

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