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Revolution Is a Dinner Party -- Rogue Pluralism in China by [Eigh, M.]
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The e-version of this book is one of the most pirated intellectual properties out there. If you just Google "M. Eigh," you can easily get a bunch of download links. Laughable as it may sound, I've actually contacted Amazon support about these piracy sites listing my works for free download. Amazon's sage advice? Contact them and ask them to remove the listings. Thanks a lot Amazon! Easy said. The listings grow like weeds and you get half a dozen removed and another dozen appears in their place.

C'est la vie. Whatever will be will be. But against such backdrop, I applaud readers who have paid and are continuing to pay for this book! Because your purchase is not only a generous act, it is also a righteous act!

About the Author

M. Eigh is just another harmless Asian dude who makes a quiet living in IT. He lives in Northern Virginia with his beautiful wife, two daughters and two cats in a charming old house, which came with a morbidly obese landlord, also known as the mortgage. He dreams of murdering that landlord with a bestseller someday, preferably before he has to start paying for the kids' colleges. His hermit kingdom is at m.eigh.com.

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  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Red Lantern Press (January 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVQDA54
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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
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In Revolution Is a Dinner Party, author M. Eigh gives a fascinating glimpse into today's China and where the country may be heading. China is no longer under the strict rule of Mao and his dogmatic compatriots from the Long March of the 1930s. Mao once said, "A revolution is not a dinner party… a revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." Today, however, a revolution is happening that may be relatively bloodless and more like a dinner party. The Chinese Communist Party still rules, but this is not Mao's China by any means.

China now has the world's second largest economy, and - dare we say the word - capitalism grows stronger every day. But with the increase in wealth comes a growing wealth gap between the wealthiest and the poorest, a fact that hasn't escaped the many Chinese dissidents and protestors, and many of the most ostentatious Chinese are Party leaders who are known to be corrupt.

But an even bigger issue is the continued one-party rule in China. The author asks, "Can China borrow the market economy from the West without the other things that come with it, such as a multi-party democratic system?" Ironically, today's China is looking a lot like the very capitalist society the Chinese Communist Party used to scare people with."

Now that Chinese people have a small taste of a better material life, will they be more inclined to overthrow the government by launching a revolution? Even top Party leaders have warned that the Chinese Communist Party could collapse if it does not reform and improve its governance.

Finally, the author mentions two events that could throw China into a turmoil:
* War with Japan over territorial disputes.
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Revolution is a Dinner Party is the first book I've read completely in kindle, and while I'm usually not a fan of reading in a computer screen I found myself engaged throughout the entire book. In fact, I was able to finish reading the book in an entire sitting.

As China increases in stature and importance in global affairs, many people, like me, can find themselves at a loss with how to grapple with the stories they hear of China and Chinese politics. This book deals with some of the current sociopolitical realities in current Chinese society. The book is filled with anecdotes that help illustrate the theoretical topics that subdivide the book. In general, the anecdotes were educational yet entertaining. I was completely ignorant of Chinese slang and forms of popular culture prior to reading the book, yet I never felt like I was reading a boring academic article. The pictures that accompanied each subsection were interesting in their own right.

The book not only deals with modern Chinese society, but also delves into Chinese history especially in regards to Mao. As I wasn't too confident with my Chinese history, that was an especially helpful move by the author and not once did I feel lost.

Overall, I thought this was a worth-while read. There are probably books that cover broader topics in Chinese society, and there might be books that go more in-depth, but the entertainment value of this book definitely makes it worthwhile. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in current Chinese politics, society, and culture. There were a few grammer mistakes, and a final epilogue that really tied all the topics back to the concept of "rogue populism" would have been helpful, but it regardless an entertaining book. I am glad I read this book, because I was really tired of being ignorant on Chinese issues, and this was a great starting point to further my knowledge on current day China.
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One of the most challenging aspects of books about Chinese culture is an inability to capture the mainstream consciousness of this private and closed international demographic. The first thing that instantly stands out about this book is the fact that it seems to tap into this consciousness, giving the reader a good grasp on the inner workings of those individuals living and working in a country that remains on the cusp of major change.

Perhaps one of the more interesting elements of the book is the fact that the author effectively intersperses entertaining anecdotes amidst hard facts, a mix that makes the information just that much easier to digest. The formatting in the ebook version of this work leaves a bit to be desired, as there are sometimes hard breaks and ill-placed design elements that interrupt the fluidity of the read. However, overall, this is a great find for someone interested in learning more about the inner workings of the Chinese culture and how its history as well as its present will set a new and different kind of revolutionary course for the future.
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Succinct and current overview of not only societal attitudes in China towards the regime, but also indicators of future likely response China's government might have to societal protest of said gov't. Informative!
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I downloaded this book promising to write a review for the author and totally forgot (sorry, man). It provided interesting enough reading material for my subway commutes (on the D train, which you'll understand as a little ironic if you ride the D and pass Grand street), but reads a lot like a college thesis. Maybe it was. It had quite a few typographical errors, and I found myself wanting to correct some of it with a red pen ... pretty heavy-handed use of cliche.

I learned a lot of interesting tidbits about China and Chinese culture from this book. I was reading this on a teeny-tiny Android tablet, and I couldn't see/read all the graphics, unfortunately.
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