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From the PublisherForeign Affairs
Of the thousands of books that have been written about contemporary China, only a few will stand the test of time. This is one of them.
William W. Finan, Jr.
Editor, Current History
With this new edition, Maurice Meisner deftly places the "new" China that so captivates the West into the historical stream of policies, politics, and personalities that have ruled the country since Mao's 1949 revolution. His work is a refreshingly clear exposition of the contradictions and continuities that define China today.
Professor of Political Science, MIT
Splendidly relates the human drama of the Chinese people and their leaders, with empathetic understanding and constructive criticism.
London School of Economics
One of the foremost historians of our time, Professor Meisner offers a brilliant analysis in this new edition of the irony of Chinese socialism and of the origins of Chinese capitalism: the single most important theme in an age of catastrophic "transitions," with implications that go far beyond the border of the PRC.
William A. Joseph
Chair, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College
A superb and much-needed updating of a book that has been the definitive text on the history of the People's Republic of China....A deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking account of the socioeconomic, political, and ideological consequences of China's move toward the market in the post-Mao era....enriching and enthralling.
Marilyn B. Young
Professor, History, New York University
An excellent expansion of the original.