The Party by Richard McGregor

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“Few outsiders have any realistic sense of the innards, motives, rivalries, and fears of the Chinese Communist leadership. But we all know much more than before, thanks to Richard McGregor’s illuminating and richly-textured look at the people in charge of China’s political machinery.... Invaluable.” — James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic

The Party is Financial Times reporter Richard McGregor’s eye-opening investigation into China’s Communist Party, and the integral role it has played in the country’s rise as a global superpower and rival to the United States. Many books have examined China’s economic rise, human rights record, turbulent history, and relations with the U.S.; none until now, however, have tackled the issue central to understanding all of these issues: how the ruling communist government works. The Party delves deeply into China’s secretive political machine.


About Richard McGregor

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Richard McGregor is a reporter and former China Bureau chief for the Financial Times. He has reported from North Asia for nearly two decades.
Published June 2, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Kerry Brown welcomes a timely history of the Chinese Communist party

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The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers.

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Christian Science Monitor

So resolutely has the party wiped out any organization or network that could possibly compete for Chinese citizens’ loyalty – whether it be another political party, a grouping of nongovernmental organizations, or a religious organization such as Falun Gong – that there is no conceivable governing...

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The Daily Beast

As President Hu Jintao’s visit this week has only confirmed, China looms ever larger in the American imagination, inspiring a complex mixture of admiration, anxiety, fascination, and dread.

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The Daily Beast

“The party’s genius,” McGregor writes, “has been its leaders’ ability in the last three decades to maintain the political institutions and authoritarian powers of old-style communism, while dumpling the ideological straitjacket that originally inspired them.” Later chapters concentrate on topics ...

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The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers.

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The Party: The Secret World Of China’s Communist Rulers (Allen Lane, £25) is from the pen of former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief Richard McGregor.

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