Anne-Marie Slaughter is dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and the author of The Idea that is America.
"Three Books ..." is a series in which we invite writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme.
China's scale is so vast, its variety so great and its rising power so apparent, it acts as an enormous magnet fixing our attention. One result is a torrent of books — political analyses, memoirs, histories, novels and short stories. Each promises a key to China, but how on earth to choose?