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

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

Richard McGregor

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0061708763

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“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.

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itself, the department is a fearsome, secretive hulk, struggling to adapt to a vastly more complex world which has grown up around it in the last three decades. The Keeper of the Files The Party and Personnel ‘The cadres all know where we are. It’s a bit like knowing where your parents live.’ (Wang Minggao, the Organization Department of Hunan province) ‘The system is all from the Soviet Union, but the CCP has taken it to an extreme.’ (Yuan Weishi, Sun Yat-Sen University,

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