‘Fortunate Sons’ by Liel Leibovitz Reviewed in New York Times Book Review

Fortunate Sons (W.W. Norton, 2011), a work of non-fiction by Liel Leibovitz, visiting assistant professor, was reviewed inNew York Times Sunday Book Review. Written with Matthew Miller, the authors use diaries, letters, first-person accounts, to tell the story of 120 Chinese boys who came to America in 1870 to learn the ways of the West in order to modernize the antiquated Chinese empire. “The story of these 19th-century scholars is a useful reminder of how long exchanges between our two countries have been under way, and of the risks and rewards that these connections have brought to both sides,” wrote Deborah Fallows in ‘The First Chinese Exchange Students.’

Liebovitz of Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication,is the author of four books of non-fiction, including The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (Simon and Schuster, 2010), co-written with Todd Gitlin.

Read Steinhardt’s At a Glance’s Inverview with Liel Liebovitz: On Writing and Cheating (At Video Games).