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Deng Xiaoping was a devoted member of the communist party. Unlike Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping left almost no paper trail which has made it difficult for historians. He was noted to be crafty, and an obsessive bridge player. Deng Xiaoping was educated in France.
Pantsov, a professor of history at Capital University in Ohio, has done extensive research into the life of Deng Xiaoping. Steven I. Levine is a research faculty associate in the Department of History at the University of Montana. They spent years combing Russian achieves, obtaining access to Chinese documents and interviews with people. Obtaining as much information as the Chinese would allow.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part covers Deng’s life from birth in 1904 to meeting Mao in 1927. The second part covers his life with Mao up to 1950. The third part covers 1951 to his death and includes his denouncement during the Cultural Revolution. He gained control of the Communist party after the death of Mao. Deng Xiaoping was the one who ordered the Army into Tiananmen Square. Pantsov states that Deng Xiaoping was responsible for reducing poverty in China by over 50%.
The biography is well balanced and primarily well researched. The book also covers some of the history of China during this timeframe. The book is somewhat long at 22 hours. George Backman narrated the book.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Overall it's a good book. I picked up some information previously unaware. The biggest question that I have is how the author could possibly gain access to a lot of private conversations. Much of that would not be in written form anywhere. I have serious doubt that the Russian archive could have such private conversation between the most senior and secretive leaders of China. That's a huge issue for me because it deals with the credibility of the entire book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
A well written, scholarly, and interesting romp through some of the most turbulent years in Chinese history.
was a really good in depth biography, but I would only suggest it to those who are really familiar with chinese history. Without that history you get lost within all the names of the chinese party cadries.
Mao's cultural revolution was inflicted upon Deng and China. For me the book provides insight on how this quiet administrator reversed its effect firstly upon himself and ultimately on China. He was not going to let the students revolt stop him... but I don't want to give too many spoilers;-)