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China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom (Samuel and Althea Stroum Book) Hardcover – March 1, 2010


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  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780295989976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295989976
  • ASIN: 0295989971
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Baum's China Watcher offers us a distinctive view into China and the field of China watching . . . Many in the profession will find his journey familiar, yet even professionals will find the book engaging because he so openly and candidly shines a light on what it has meant to be a China hand over the past 40 years." --Scott Kennedy, Pacific Affairs, June 2011

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This audacious and illuminating memoir reflects on 40 years of learning about the People's Republic of China through China watching--the process by which outsiders gather and decipher official and unofficial information to figure out what's really going on behind China's veil of political secrecy and propaganda.--Richard Baum is professor of political science at UCLA. His many books include Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping. He is the presenter of a Great Courses video lecture series published by the Teaching Company.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The OC on December 29, 2012
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I bought this Kindle book to read in conjunction with the author's DVD course "The Fall and Rise of China" which is a 48 lecture course from the Teaching Companies "Great Courses" program.

The book covers the Prof. Baum's years as a student at Cal Berkeley and professor at UCLA as his career as a "China Watcher" begins and evolves. He visited China many times which gave him opportunities to watch the many changes in China from Mao's death to 2010. It is a personal memoir of these years not a scholarly book but there is much scholarly info included.

As noted by another reviewer somewhat negatively, it includes his differences of opinion at times with other China scholars. I found this a positive not a negative. He is objective enough to realize that he has not always been right. These admissions are usually made with good humor and his professorial sense of humor is present throughout the book. Some of the same personal remembrances are present in his DVD classes also.

I was sorry to hear that Professor Baum died on 12-14-12. I believe he was a fine scholar, teacher and man. I recommend the book to anyone interested in modern China. Few were more well informed about China or as fascinated by it as he was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Antoine on December 7, 2012
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China Watcher: Confessions of Peking Tom. The best book I read between Peking and Beijing. A knowledgeable, reliable, well written refresher course by one of the best experts on China.
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I worked in China teaching for eight years, so I found this book very interesting often because it backed up what I already knew and often because it showed how little Americans know about China. I found it extraordinary that the writer (and the government?) originally did not know that he should learn putangua. Chinese people speak many different languages but they mostly all understand putangua.
There are so many Chinese origin people living in the USA and elsewhere in the world- there is no excuse to be ignorant . Grab a Chinese student and take him out to lunch!
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I'm sure this is an excellent book, given Professor Baum's reputation. However, the University of Washington Press paperback copy that I received today is defective. The book ends abruptly in mid-sentence at page 272, while the table of contents indicates that there should be about 40-50 more pages.
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I bought this book after watching Richard Baum's presentation on "The Fall and Rise of China" with The Great Courses. Wonderful insights into the methods and tactics needed to get inside the political mind of a culture wanting to remain secret.
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