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Of Leaders and Governance: How the Chinese Dragon Got Its Scales

Of Leaders and Governance: How the Chinese Dragon Got Its Scales r e v i e w e s sa Ys Of Leaders and Governance: How the Chinese Dragon Got Its Scales t iMot Hy C HEEK University of British Columbia Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, 928 pp. It may be best to begin this big book at the end. To find out what this hefty volume (some 700 pages of text and over 130 pages of appendices and notes) has to offer, the last chapter (chapter 24) serves well. Here Ezra Vogel spells out what his decade-long effort to chronicle the political life of post-Mao China’s preeminent leader, Deng Xiaoping, has produced. The book begins with Vogel’s promised mission: “I wanted to write a book to help Americans understand key developments in Asia” (xi). Chapter 24 enumerates the help Vogel has to offer his chosen audience, having taken the political career of Deng from the 1970s until his death in 1997 as his window into the tr - ansfor mations of Asia’s largest country and now-dominant power. For Vogel, Deng Xiaoping’s life traces the transformation of China from the isolated, troubled, distinctly unprosperous, autarkic state socialist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

Of Leaders and Governance: How the Chinese Dragon Got Its Scales

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Abstract

r e v i e w e s sa Ys Of Leaders and Governance: How the Chinese Dragon Got Its Scales t iMot Hy C HEEK University of British Columbia Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, 928 pp. It may be best to begin this big book at the end. To find out what this hefty volume (some 700 pages of text and over 130 pages of appendices and notes) has to offer, the last chapter (chapter 24) serves well. Here Ezra Vogel spells out what his decade-long effort to chronicle the political life of post-Mao China’s preeminent leader, Deng Xiaoping, has produced. The book begins with Vogel’s promised mission: “I wanted to write a book to help Americans understand key developments in Asia” (xi). Chapter 24 enumerates the help Vogel has to offer his chosen audience, having taken the political career of Deng from the 1970s until his death in 1997 as his window into the tr - ansfor mations of Asia’s largest country and now-dominant power. For Vogel, Deng Xiaoping’s life traces the transformation of China from the isolated, troubled, distinctly unprosperous, autarkic state socialist

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 28, 2012

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