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Deng Xiaoping

638 pages, 2015



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In 1926, a 20-year-old man joined the Chinese Communist Party and went on to become one of Mao's most senior lieutenants. With Mao's help, he became the de facto leader of the CCP and was the architect of China's post-Mao reforms two years after Mao's death in 1976. 

Yet despite his revolutionary rhetoric, Deng abandoned the Maoist socio-economic policies he had once espoused. He started measures that would overhaul China's economy, society, and status in the world. 

This powerful man put in motion changes that would globally impact China as well as the lives of more than a billion people. We are still living with the consequences three decades later. China rose to become the second-biggest economy and the world's workshop.

Understanding Deng Xiaoping's Leadership

In the book Deng Xiaoping, Alexander V. Pantsov paints a detailed picture of Deng's leadership style. He was a pragmatic leader who prioritized economic development over ideological purity. This is a great lesson for anyone in a leadership position - sometimes, practicality should take precedence over ideals.

Deng Xiaoping's Economic Reforms

Pantsov's book explores the economic reforms Deng Xiaoping implemented in China. He was the architect of the 'Open Door' policy, which led to China's rapid economic growth. If you're interested in economics or policy-making, you should definitely check out this book.

The Impact of Deng Xiaoping's Policies

The book also digs into the impact of Deng's policies on China and the world. His economic reforms not only transformed China into a global economic powerhouse, but also significantly influenced global economics. This book will help you understand the global implications of national policies.

Deng Xiaoping's Personal Life

Pantsov doesn't just focus on Deng's political life, he also gives us a glimpse into his personal life. This helps humanize Deng and provides a more comprehensive understanding of the man behind the policies. If you're a fan of biographies, you'll love this aspect of the book.

The Historical Context of Deng Xiaoping's Reign

The book provides a rich historical context to Deng's reign. It helps you understand the political and social climate of China during Deng's time. This is a great resource for history buffs or anyone looking to deepen their understanding of modern Chinese history.

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Pantsov's Deng Xiaoping is a comprehensive and enlightening biography that provides a fresh perspective on the life of one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century.

Andrew J. NathanAndrew J. Nathan - Political Science Professor

Pantsov's book on Deng Xiaoping is a masterful work, shedding light on the man who transformed China into a global power.

Jonathan FenbyJonathan Fenby - Historian, Journalist

Pantsov's Deng Xiaoping is a meticulously researched biography that offers a riveting account of the life and times of China's paramount leader.

Orville SchellOrville Schell - China Expert, Writer

Pantsov's Deng Xiaoping is a compelling biography that provides a nuanced understanding of the man who opened China to the world.

Richard McGregorRichard McGregor - Journalist, Author

Pantsov's Deng Xiaoping is a definitive biography that offers a comprehensive view of the man who shaped modern China.

Roderick MacFarquharRoderick MacFarquhar - Historian, Politician
Andrew J. NathanJonathan FenbyOrville SchellRichard McGregorRoderick MacFarquhar


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