I will leave it to my readers to decide if my new piece for The Conversation delivers academic rigor and journalist flair or whether it really represents journalist rigor with academic flair. I must admit that we made a strategic mistake publishing an optimistic book about China's urban quality of life in the middle of an ugly U.S Presidential Campaign.
It appears that I will never enjoy the feeling (and the resulting royalties) of publishing a good book at the right point in time. My critics might claim that I have always published bad books at the wrong time. Yet, when I think about it each of my five books have explored subjects that I know something about and for which I think I have written something new. I like the way Amazon displays them.