9780061708770

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

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    9780061708770

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    0061708771

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/8/2010
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Summary

An eye-opening investigation into China's Communist Party and its integral role in the country's rise as a global superpower and rival of the United States

China's political and economic growth in the past three decades is one of astonishing, epochal dimensions. The country has undergone a remarkable transformation on a scale similar to that of the Industrial Revolution in the West. The most remarkable part of this transformation, however, has been left largely untold—the central role of the Chinese Communist Party.

As an organization alone, the Party is a phenomenon of unique scale and power. Its membership surpasses seventy-three million, and it does more than just rule a country. The Party not only has a grip on every aspect of government, from the largest, richest cities to the smallest far-flung villages in Tibet and Xinjiang, it also has a hold on all official religions, the media, and the military. The Party presides over large, wealthy state-owned businesses, and it exercises control over the selection of senior executives of all government companies, many of which are in the top tier of the Fortune 500 list.

In The Party, Richard McGregor delves deeply into China's inner sanctum for the first time, showing how the Communist Party controls the government, courts, media, and military, and how it keeps all corruption accusations against its members in-house. The Party's decisions have a global impact, yet the CPC remains a deeply secretive body, hostile to the law, unaccountable to anyone or anything other than its own internal tribunals. It is the world's only geopolitical rival of the United States, and is steadfastly poised to think the worst of the West.

In this provocative and illuminating account, Richard McGregor offers a captivating portrait of China's Communist Party, its grip on power and control over China, and its future.

“An extraordinary book . . . with details never published before. . . . McGregor has done a terrific job of parting the curtains. . . . This book has come out at the right moment.” -The Sunday Times (London)

“As informative as it is entertaining. . . . China has been transformed. There is no denying it. The system that takes the credit is brilliantly described by McGregor.” -The Financial Times

McGregor does a persuasive job of sketching how communist the country really still is. . . . Anyone who wants to understand more about China would be well advised to pick up McGregor’s book. ” -Newsweek

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers is a careful, highly well-informed and entertaining account of China’s ruling class, chronicling the country’s 30-year rise to major economic power despite high levels of poverty.” -The Associated Press

Author Biography

Richard McGregor is a reporter for the Financial Times and the publication's former China bureau chief. He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he also started his career as a journalist. He has reported from North Asia for nearly two decades and currently lives in London.

Table of Contents

The Partyp. vi
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prologuep. ix
The Red Machine: The Party and the Statep. 1
China Inc.: The Party and Businessp. 34
The Keeper of the Files: The Party and Personnelp. 70
Why We Fight: The Party and the Gunp. 104
The Shanghai Gang: The Party and Corruptionp. 135
The Emperor is Far Away: The Party and the Regionsp. 170
Deng Perfects Socialism: The Party and Capitalismp. 194
Tombstone: The Party and Historyp. 229
Afterwordp. 263
Acknowledgementsp. 274
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 294
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