The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
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“Few outsiders have any realistic sense of the innards, motives, rivalries, and fears of the Chinese Communist leadership. But we all know much more than before, thanks to Richard McGregor’s illuminating and richly-textured look at the people in charge of China’s political machinery.... Invaluable.” — James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic
The Party is Financial Times reporter Richard McGregor’s eye-opening investigation into China’s Communist Party, and the integral role it has played in the country’s rise as a global superpower and rival to the United States. Many books have examined China’s economic rise, human rights record, turbulent history, and relations with the U.S.; none until now, however, have tackled the issue central to understanding all of these issues: how the ruling communist government works. The Party delves deeply into China’s secretive political machine.
From Publishers Weekly
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Excellent insight into the machinations of the CCP.
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.