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Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler Hardcover – March 26, 2012
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"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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This timely volume thus aims to provide an analytical assessment of Hu's period in charge of the world's most populous country. It concentrates briefly on his early life and entry into politics, then considers and evaluates his stewardship of the economy and of international affairs, as well as his ideological contribution and leadership of the communist party. In the process, the reader will also be afforded a broad overview of China's rapid developments over the last decade, since 2002.
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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.