From Library Journal
By employing a classical Lasswellian political analysis-who says what, to whom, through which channel, with what effect-Baum (political science, UCLA) demonstrates that Deng Xiaoping is the ultimate Machiavellian leader, controlling the development and articulation of policy in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He emphasizes that it is impossible to apply constant, unchanging, ideological labels to individuals and groups in Chinese politics and provides details of interactions that have occurred among a number of powerholders in the CCP. He identifies the theme of "fang/shou" (letting go/tightening up) as a popular, and also misleading, inter- pretation of Chinese politics. The sheer number of actors Baum discusses may lose the reader, but the quality of his analysis is first-rate. He points out that the majority of Chinese revolutionaries are now dead, and the remainder, including Deng himself, are afflicted with varying diseases associated with old age. Therefore, China has already disregarded the fang/shou cycle. This should give the reader insight into China as a future world power. Highly recommended for academic collections.
Peggy Spitzer Christoff, Oak Park, Ill.
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"Baum demonstrates with this book his command of the Chinese political scene in a critical year of transition for China.... Brilliantly researched and full of interpretative and nuanced insights into the leadership struggle, Burying Mao brings China into sharp focus."--Patrick Tyler, The New York Times
"This is the right way to look at Chinese politics, in which power and personalities are much more important than ideology, which is regularly twisted to fit current needs.... Baum excellently pinpoints how factions, the bane of Chinese politics, align and realign."--The Times Literary Supplement
"In this highly readable book, Baum provides a fascinating and extremely detailed account of how Deng Xiaoping came to power, how he reversed Mao's policies and launched China on the path of economic reform, how he handled the complex interaction between the top leaders of the Party, and how he deftly preserved supreme power in his own hands. . . . [Readers] will find much in the book that will help them comprehend developments in contemporary China."--Choice
"What the book brings out is how dangerous was the territory through which Deng and his men had to pass. It was not a simple matter of assuming power and issuing decrees. . . . Deng emerges from this study less as an emperor than as a consummate politician. . . . Burying Mao is a first-class work, coolly judged and clearly written, drawing on a mass of carefully sifted material."--Sunday Times (London)
"Baum demonstrates that Deng Xiaoping is the ultimate Machiavellian leader. . . . the quality of his analysis is first-rate. . . . This should give the reader insight into China as a future world power."--Library Journal
"It is the most comprehensive guide to hand, and is more persuasive for coming in the winter of Dengism."--The Economist
". . . [a] thorough, balanced and interesting work."--Ian Buruma, Sunday Telegraph
"Written by one of the best commentators in the United States on Chinese politics, this is . . . [an] extremely thorough, yet accessible account of Chinese politics from 1976 until 1993. . . . Anybody interested in Chinese politics will benefit from reading it, and it will be used widely for courses on Chinese politics in the era of reform."--China Information