Financial Times Best Book of 2014Its still known as the rich mans game and considered taboo, and yet golf is booming in China hundreds of new courses have opened in the past decade, despite it being illegal for anyone to build them. Award-winning journalist Dan Washburn follows the lives of three men intimately involved in Chinas bizarre golf scene. We meet Zhou, a peasant turned golf pro who sees the game as his way into Chinas new middle class; Wang, a lychee farmer whose life is transformed when a massive, top-secret resort springs up next door; and Martin, a Western executive maneuvering through a highly political business environment, ever watchful for Beijings golf police.Charting these three different paths to the new Chinese Dream, The Forbidden Game is a rich and arresting portrait of a country of contradictions.
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