|Print List Price:||$16.99|
Save $9.00 (53%)
Price set by seller.
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 332 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Illustrated Edition (June 2, 2010)
- Publication Date : June 2, 2010
- Language: : English
- File Size : 590 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B003L77ZTS
- Print Length : 332 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #323,437 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Even though the central leadership, standing committee memberships and politburo has changed (as of 2012), this is still highly relevant to many of the themes that the Party continues to struggle with and confront. This includes the growing middle class and income disparity, State-Owned versus Private Corporation governance, environmental issues, the major anti-corruption campaign underway. And this books helps understand why these dominate the party, and why the party behaves the way it does. And the author does this in a very effective manner - well organized, well researched, and well sourced. The chapters on the Shanghai Gang are also very informative as it allows the reader to understand the massive struggle Xi Jinping must of had (continues to have) in installing his key officials into key posts that will help him with his policy agenda.
Highly recommend this for anyone doing business in China (or with Chinese companies), travelling or planning to live in China as this book provides a very well-rounded view of the key decision making body that is present throughout all aspects of life in this interesting country.
The Party accomplishes this with its system of political commissars so that every institution in China has two competing centers of power -- an executive who is responsible for the competent management of the enterprise, and a political secretary who is responsible for the ideological loyalty and orthodoxy of the enterprise. Invariably these two goals are in conflict with each other. Competence requires openness, tolerance, diversity, transparency, accountability, and merit -- principles and ideas that stand counter to Party orthodoxy. And so while Chinese state-owned enterprises and the Chinese military look like behemoths to the outside world, it's this very inconsistency and contradiction that weakens their ability to compete on a global scale.
Along these lines, the book is relatively light on historical detail. It's more about individual stories and how they reflect greater trends. Don't look to this book for any comprehensive narrative. Think of it as a look inside the mind of a Chinese leader. If you are not already familiar with the history of the PRC, you could use some background. But this book will help put trends in context, giving you a basis for further studies about communist rule. Before you study isolated facts and specific leaders, it helps to have a book like this that gives you a picture of the underlying structure that defines and drives the party as a whole. The content itself is perhaps not even the book's strength. Rather it is the gripping style, intended to paint a picture and tell a story rather than lecture. Think of McGregor as a tutor, trying to teach you so you really understand. Ultimately, this is his great success: proving convincingly that the current party in power on the Mainland is persistent, flexible, and completely pervasive.
Top reviews from other countries
The author does an extremely detailed job on the topic, presenting the various parts of the CCP - in relation to topics such as businesses, army, history etc. The book is rich with anecdotes, real events that shot to national limelight etc to make us get a ring side feel of what transpired in the 15-20 years upto 2010.
Would love to read a sequel that includes the Xi Jinping era.
I would recommend to everyone