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Deng Xiaoping and the Cultural Revolution Paperback – July 1, 2003

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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Foreign Languages Press (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 711903040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-7119030401
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deng Rong is the 4th daughter of Deng Xiaoping. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed Deng Xiaoping: My Father (1993).

Sidney Shapiro (translator) has translated dozens of Chinese classical novels and contemporary works, both fiction and nonfiction, opening up the fascinating world of Chinese literature, history, and culture to an English-language audience. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association and a member of the Chinese Translators Association.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Langager on April 18, 2004
Few people have had as much influence on China as Deng Xiaoping. Remember that word "influence." It is a big part of what I want to say about this extraordinary man. Deng Xiaoping is impressive as an historical figure for several reasons. First of all, there is his basic longevity. He had a way of lasting.
But the one thing that stands out most about Deng Xiaoping is his gut-level understanding of the balance between power and influence. We tend to think that power and influence go hand-in-hand. But in fact, there tends, most often, to be an inverse relationship between the two principles. Makes sense when you think about it. When you exert power, you naturally lose influence. The very heart of influence is the ability to "win people over" to your ideas. Power is about making people to what you want. Influence is about helping people to want what you know is best for them.
Now, this book is specifically about Deng during the Cultural Revolution, and it is not intended as a political treatise at all. But most of us knew Deng as a political figure before we encountered him in this book as the father of a family. So for most readers, there is going to be a tendency to read the book in the light of what they already know about the man. Still, I must say that I think Deng Rong does an excellent job of portraying the very human side of her father. There are some places where she treads lightly, and leaves more questions than she answers. But that tends to be true with anything written about the Cultural Revolution. What I am getting at is the fact that the Cultural Revolution, and how bad it became opened up all kinds of questions about any possible weaknesses in the system that produced it.
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