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Ambassador's Book Club

Ambassador Branstad hosts a book club during the academic year to engage the Drake community on topics related to U.S.-China relations.

The Ambassador's book selection for the Fall 2023 semester is Party of One: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China's Superpower Future by Chun Han Wong. The book was published in May 2023. A limited number of free copies are available for current students, faculty and staff who wish to participate in the book club.

Sign up for the Fall 2023 book club by emailing stating your intent to read the book and attend the discussion event on November 13th at 5:30 pm, as well as to your request your free copy of the book (distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.) Dinner will be provided at the discussion event on November 13th at 5:30 pm. Please state any dietary restrictions in your email to sign up.

Visit to read a description of Party of One

Past Book Club Selections

Spring 2023: Getting China Wrong by Aaron Friedberg

Fall 2022: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present by John Pomfret

Spring 2022: China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now by David Shambaugh

Ambassador Terry Branstad holding the Spring 2022 book club selection

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