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East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future

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'Patten's East and West is a must for anyone who wants to understand the forces that will shape the world of the 21st century.' New York Times
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 10th 1999 by MacMillan General Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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May 13, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Hong Kong or Asia.
When my wife, Pam, and I first moved, more or less permanently to Hong Kong, Chris Patten was the newly appointed and last Governor. I think we both missed much of the drama that was evident in the five years he was here. We were too focused on our jobs and figuring out how to live in this incredible city.

Reading his memoir and advice, 12 years after the handover and 10 years after publication of this book, was a much needed trip down memory lane and a much needed reminder of how China operates
Jul 07, 2014 Dozo rated it really liked it
While it's easy to pick faults with a book written fifteen years ago, much of what Patten writes regarding the West, Asia/China and world politics is as resounding as it was the day the ink touched the page.

His experiences dealing with China up to and during the handover are exceptionally interesting (with the Chinese basically doing a lot of backhanded stuff), however it's his opinions in the second to last chapter that really should be read by all Western people in politics.

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Sep 10, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it
A particularly fascinating read, especially when considering the current student protests happening in Hong Kong. Patten provides a unique insight into the pre-handover period and the uphill struggle of negotiating with 'Peking'. Over the course of 150 years of British rule, it wasn't until 1984 that the idea of electing a Chief Executive was spoken about. Previously the British government appointed a governor with not an ounce of democracy present. Now protestors sprawl the streets of Hong Kong ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Great book! If you want to learn about China's development to a capitalist economy and its industrialization while navigating away from a strictly communist method while discovering the birthplace of today's Hong Kong this is a good novel to read. Powell gives historical perspective from his tenure without disrupting delicate relationships within the global Political and Religious environments.
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Sep 04, 2016 Matt Loten rated it really liked it
Intelligent, erudite and brimful of fascinating insights, Chris Patten's part-memoir, part-political treatise East and West offers a very worthwhile exploration of Hong Kongnese and global geopolitics at the turn of the century. Although I would place myself somewhat at the opposite end of the political spectrum to the conservative (although euro-positive and socially-aware) Patten, his account of his time as the last governor of Hong Kong, and his views on modern politics and economics are well ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Diana rated it liked it
Ten years after the Hong Kong Handover I decided to read Chris Patten’s East and West, written after he left Hong Kong in 1997. Interesting, but difficult to say whether it was good or not as it’s so dated. It felt like he was going on and on about things that were obvious, like why capitalism is superior to socialism. But this was pre-Blairism and I suppose these arguments did need to be spelt out. He’s extremely critical of China, and I do like his plainspoken style. The Tiananmen killings are ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
Being the last govenor of Hong Kong Chis Patten is in the perfect position to analyse the way in which the Chinese govenrment functions and the way the rest of the international community kowtow's to them even while grumbling about their human rights practices. What makes this book more remarkable is that China tried to prevent it from being published by putting pressure on media groups who also wanted to break into the Chinese market. It is with great relief that it was produced as the insights ...more
Feb 03, 2008 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: codswallop, fact
Thought, at one stage, that Chris Patten may have become a leader of the Tory Party. Also thought he was a reasonable sort of bloke. But it turns out that he was pretty much like most Tories - a stuck up tosser that only cares for those with money or those making it.
Jan 26, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting perspective on Hong Kong during the handover period when Chris Patten - Last Governor was at the helm.

He was not the most loved fella by the Chinese at the time, but this account is worth a read.
Casper Gasper
Jun 16, 2010 Casper Gasper rated it liked it
the first quarter deals with patted's stint as governor of Hong Kong, and this part is indeed fascinating. the remainder of the book however deals with his political values and this is far less interesting - possibly because I completely agree with them :-)
Sep 11, 2007 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Probably the best book on East/West market relationships and Asian economies I will ever read. Probably the only one I will ever read too.
Apr 04, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
Whilst obviously dated, I like Patten's style and his description of the political issues that he faced in his tenure was an interesting accompaniment to a trip to HK.
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Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH

Graduate of Balliol College, University Oxford (1965).

Among his services, appointments, and honors, he served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bath (1979-1992), Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1986-1989), Secretary of State for the Environment (1989-1992), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1990-199
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