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The Party

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

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


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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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: Jun 08, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, 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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