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The Party

The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

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An eye-opening investigation into China's Communist Party and its integral role in the country's rise as a global superpower and rival of the United States

China's political and economic growth in the past three decades is one of astonishing, epochal dimensions. The country has undergone a remarkable transformation on a scale similar to that of the Industrial Revolution in the West. The most remarkable part of this transformation, however, has been left largely untold—the central role of the Chinese Communist Party.

As an organization alone, the Party is a phenomenon of unique scale and power. Its membership surpasses seventy-three million, and it does more than just rule a country. The Party not only has a grip on every aspect of government, from the largest, richest cities to the smallest far-flung villages in Tibet and Xinjiang, it also has a hold on all official religions, the media, and the military. The Party presides over large, wealthy state-owned businesses, and it exercises control over the selection of senior executives of all government companies, many of which are in the top tier of the Fortune 500 list.

In The Party, Richard McGregor delves deeply into China's inner sanctum for the first time, showing how the Communist Party controls the government, courts, media, and military, and how it keeps all corruption accusations against its members in-house. The Party's decisions have a global impact, yet the CPC remains a deeply secretive body, hostile to the law, unaccountable to anyone or anything other than its own internal tribunals. It is the world's only geopolitical rival of the United States, and is steadfastly poised to think the worst of the West.

In this provocative and illuminating account, Richard McGregor offers a captivating portrait of China's Communist Party, its grip on power and control over China, and its future.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 10, 2010 – McGregor, a journalist at the Financial Times, begins his revelatory and scrupulously reported book with a provocative comparison between China’s Communist Party and the Vatican for their shared cultures of secrecy, pervasive influence, and impenetrability. The author pulls back the curtain on the Party to consider its influence over the industrial economy, military, and local governments. McGregor describes a system operating on a Leninist blueprint and deeply at odds with Western standards of management and transparency. Corruption and the tension between decentralization and national control are recurring themes—and are highlighted in the Party’s handling of the disturbing Sanlu case, in which thousands of babies were poisoned by contaminated milk powder. McGregor makes a clear and convincing case that the 1989 backlash against the Party, inexorable globalization, and technological innovations in communication have made it incumbent on the Party to evolve, and this smart, authoritative book provides valuable insight into how it has—and has not—met the challenge.

Customer Reviews

Party

Excellent insight into the machinations of the CCP.
Fascinating reading

The Party

This book is fascinating overview of the internal and external workings of the CCP. As an environmental consultant who has worked in China on various projects all over the Country since 2000, I found the book to illuminate and explain some of the vexing situations I often encountered and also some of the everyday encounters I experienced. As an avid reader of English language literature on Chinese history and politics over the last 11 years, I found new information and insights that provided both historical perspectives and contemporary analysis explaining many phenomena I witnessed personally in China. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Chinese society, and particularly to anyone who has bought into the various "imminent demise" theories about the CCP. The western view that economic growth leads inevitably to political liberalization is substantially debunked. I wish I could ask some of my Chinese friends their opinions of this book, but dare not e-mail anything to them about it lest they suffer some of the backlash by the government described in this book and many other sources. It is probable that this book will not be available to them anyway, unless a copy is smuggled into China anyway. I have been reading Susan L. Shirk's book China: Fragile Superpower at the same time as this book and, together, they provide great insights into modern China.

The Party
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: Jun 08, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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