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Out of Mao's Shadow by Philip P. Pan
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Jun 29, 15

bookshelves: china-stuff, history
Read in February, 2009

Great book! I also have hometown love for Philip Pan since he writes for the Washington Post (and he studied in Beijing back in the day).

Conventional wisdom dictates that economic growth leads to political liberalization: you got your increasingly affluent middle class, which gives rise to civil society and whatnot, which then spawns oppositional politics. Alas, not so in China! This book is a vivid description of the brutal autocratic regime that persists in the PRC and the people who dare to resist it -- lawyers, activists, ordinary folks trying to piece together recent history or save their own homes from the bulldozer.
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