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Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life

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Deng Xiaoping joined the Chinese Communist movement as a youth and rose in its ranks to become an important lieutenant of Mao's from the 1930s onward. Two years after Mao's death in 1976, Deng became the de facto leader of the Chinese Communist Party and the prime architect of China's post-Mao reforms. Abandoning the Maoist socio-economic policies he had long fervently ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 1st 2015)
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This biography of Deng Xiaoping was written by the same team who wrote the biography Mao: The Real Story in 2012. That book was an even-handed study of a complex, if tyrannical, subject, which avoided the wild caricatures of Mao: The Unknown Story.

In this book, they take almost a messianic approach to the field - the authors say this is the only complete and objective book on the subject (pg. 8), as all the others are obsolete or critically flawed. The only other book they deign to address by n
Mar 20, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander V. Pantsov, Steven I Levine is the biography of arguably the second most important person in modern China. Paston is a professor of history and holds the Edward and Mary Catherine Gerhold Chair in the Humanities at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has published numerous scholarly works including fifteen books, among them The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution 1919-1927 and Mao: The Real Story. Levine is research faculty associate, Depar ...more
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Jul 21, 2015 Jean Poulos rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2016 Adrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As this is the third biography of Deng Xiaoping within 4 years, the immediate question one may ask is, why another?
Well, Alexander Pantsov has delivered perhaps the most balanced, and complete biography of Deng Xiaoping on the market today. In contrast to the more extensive Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F Vogel, Pantsov's work is a complete biography of his life. In many ways, the chronological coverage is almost completely reversed.
While Vogel spends very little time on
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I did not finish the book, but I read big chunks of it and it was very good. It seems a very fair and detailed biography and gives new insights into the murky world of Chinese Communist Party politics. I did read the whole section around Deng's last fall and rehabilitation and it is a must read for anyone interested in modern China. Though the authors do not emphasize the point, it is worth noting that the high command of the CCP was never just one man doing what he pleased and especially after ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
An informative book, perhaps even an essential book for anyone wishing to understand China today. But Deng's life is told from a limited perspective. His early history seems to be merely what was recorded from meeting minutes of various communist forums and committees. Agreed, there are few living witnesses to some of this history. But the committee assignments and decisions are mind-numbing, particularly when they occur during events such as the war against Japan and the Long March. Almost ...more
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It's interesting to read it after China under Mao. Different approaches. Good Lord... This quarter is brutal.
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