Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel

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No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist—the pragmatic, disciplined force behind China’s radical economic, technological, and social transformation.
 

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Ezra F. Vogel is Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, at Harvard University and former Director of Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Harvard University Asia Center.
 
Published September 26, 2011 by Harvard University Press. 926 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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A thorough picking-over of Deng Xiaoping's record and accomplishments, setting him firmly as the linchpin linking an antiquated authoritative thinking to modern growth and acceleration.

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Publishers Weekly

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This intensely researched doorstop delivers a step-by-step political biography of the man who gets most of the credit for China's spectacular rise to an economic juggernaut. Vogel (Japan as Number One

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Ezra F. Vogel has written a major biography of Deng Xiaoping, Mao’s vice premier, who set China on its path of reform, but also authorized the use of force in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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The New York Times

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A look at the career of Deng Xiaoping, who changed China’s course.

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Publishers Weekly

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Vogel, emeritus Harvard history professor and former director of its Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, draws on massive Chinese scholarship, but Chinese historians treat their great men respectfully, so the book delivers a relentless stream of itineraries, meetings, political debates, spee...

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The Wall Street Journal

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Unnamed Deng family members are quoted in the book defending Deng against the capitalist-roader charge—which is curious, because that is precisely what Deng was, as subsequent history would confirm.

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Unnamed Deng family members are quoted in the book defending Deng against the capitalist-roader charge—which is curious, because that is precisely what Deng was, as subsequent history would confirm.

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Unnamed Deng family members are quoted in the book defending Deng against the capitalist-roader charge—which is curious, because that is precisely what Deng was, as subsequent history would confirm.

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This represented a breathtaking ideological reversal, which Deng characterised pragmatically, because the party had no money to spare: “We will give you a policy that allows you to charge ahead and cut through your own difficult road.” And in the aftermath of the Beijing spring of 1989, when cons...

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The Washington Post

(He ended up sacrificing both.) In fact, as Vogel reports, Deng wasn’t even at the forefront of some of the most important political and economic moves — such as the 1976 arrest of the Gang of Four, including Mao’s widow, Jiang Qing, and the decision to launch market-oriented special economic zon...

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Vogel also provides enlightening details of Deng’s efforts to use ties with the United States and Japan to China’s advantage.

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London Review of Books

Supplemented by much official – properly respectful – documentation from the Party, and a host of conversations with bureaucrats on both sides of the Pacific, the outcome is a special kind of apologia, where the standard of merit is less Deng’s record as a politician in China than his contributio...

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Bookmarks Magazine

And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist.Once described by Mao Zedong as a “needle inside a ball of cotton,” Deng was the pragmatic ...

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The New York Review of Books

From 1979 until the years just before Deng Xiaoping’s own death in 1997, Deng was, in fact if not always in title, the top leader of the Communist Party of China, of the People’s Liberation Army, and of the Chinese government.

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