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"Kerry Brown has written an outstandingly insightful book on Hu Jintao. This is not only the first English-language biography of one of the most powerful and also most enigmatic political leaders in the world today, but also an invaluable guide to contemporary China and its prospects." --Dr Julia Lovell, Birkbeck, University of London

"In Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler, Kerry Brown offers a comprehensive and informative account of Hu Jintao's leadership of China during the crucial first decade of the twenty-first century. Brown assesses the policy successes and shortcomings of Hu's leadership in such critical areas as Chinese economics, foreign policy, the Chinese Communist Party, and social stability. Brown's wide-ranging analysis establishes the benchmark for any future study of Hu Jintao's presidency." --Professor Robert Ross, Boston College

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814350028
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814350020
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Godfree Roberts on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book's title is misleading in that it addresses the changes that have taken place in China in the past 10 years-the duration of Hu's tenure. But while this s interesting from a political scientist's point of view, it does nothing to inform us about Hu.
Indeed, the opening chapter, The Life, is remarkably lazy, incomplete and even wrong.
Hu has, after all, been in the public eye since he was a teenager: he won a public scholarship to one of China's most famous universities and studied at its most prestigious school (Engineering). Not only that; he was elected President of the Student Union at the end of his first year and administered a staff of 200. (Student Unions in China play a major role in university administration).
So here is Hu (a keen ballroom dancer and singer) as a teenager at a famous university running its most prestigious student organization while scoring straight A's...remaining unknown?
I could go on..I will, in fact...he was always famous for his humility, which endeared him to his future father-in-law, not to mention the Chinese people. And for his filial piety-also a biggie in a Confucian country. Great stories and examples are there for the picking but the author preferred to push the familiar line of "faceless bureaucrat, never gves interviews, etc."
Oh well. I gave up after the first chapter. I hope that someone with the patience to persist will give us a review of the rest of the book.
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