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CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping

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China has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary, life at the top in China has changed. Under the guise of a corruption crackdown, which has seen his rivals imprisoned, Xi Jinping has been quietly building one ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 30th 2016 by I.B.Tauris
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Trish
The Chinese economy has always fascinated me, the Chinese political and judicial systems less so. The economy is so rich and hopeful and life-giving because it is run by an irrepressibly entrepreneurial populace who can find their way, like water, around any obstacle. Marginal gains, in the past, were enough. People weren’t so much out to make a killing (“the nail that sticks up is beaten down”) as to feast well occasionally. Food was important. Not many of those simple goals remain; severe ...more
BlackOxford
Seek Elsewhere for Insight

It's not possible to read Brown's biography of Xi Jinping without comparing it constantly to Ezra Vogel's Deng Xioaping and the Transformation of China. And in the comparison, Kerry Brown looks bad. Brown's text is more a potted history of modern China than an insightful revelation of individual character. There is much about the political structure of the country but little about the real sources of power. Vogel is a qualified Sinologist who uses his diverse sources
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Adrian
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the title and cover of the book may mislead some toward the notion that CEO, China may be some kind of sensationalist piece, focused upon how Xi Jinping, as many sources proclaim, is the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao, and therefore, would be heavy on the sensationalism, and low on the academic dimension, nothing could be further from the truth.
CEO, China is a highly academic and thoroughly analytical work that understands and explains the nature and dimensions of power within
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Ethan
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Coming with zero or no context, it at least helps to present one perspective on the history of the CCP and Xi Jinping.

One interesting excerpt: “Liberal-democratic models do not appeal to the Party. Once, there may have been naive faith in a US- or British-style system. But the Chinese elite have watched these closely and seen just how messy they can become. They may sincerely believe that the United States has a great system for itself, but evidently don’t see how it can be implemented in
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Ilana
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The book offers insights about the dynamics of power in nowadays China, as well as Xi Jinping's political steps up to the leadership ladder in a political and cultural system only partially understood outside the Big Wall. The information are detailed, particularly in the case of Xi. You can have an idea about the Big Leap Forward China went through in the last years, in terms of economic expansion and personal welfare of the top leadership. The downside of too much information is to become ...more
Tpinetz
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: people
Xi Jingping and the chinese government are interesting topics, with an impact on todays society. With the alienation of the trump administration with the chinese one it was interesting to me to look at the man and the party in china, especially because I was to china recently.

The book did deliver on this topics. It is incredibly dense with information and it gives a solid understanding not only of the main himself, but also about his history, the parties history and the party itself. I
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Pam Thomas
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating insight into the Chinese Godfather, one of the most powerful leaders in Modern china, his business dealings, power struggles and is a powerful aggressor and the powerhouse of the world economy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A MUST READ BOOK
Pam Thomas
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating insight into the Chinese Godfather, one of the most powerful leaders in Modern China, about his power struggles, business dealings and how he is a powerful aggressor and the powerhouse of the world economy.
Lisa Eisenberg
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great overview of Xi's upbringing, background and rise to power. Analysis of current inner circle combined with historical perspective provides insight into Xi's mindset, ideology and POV on Chinese future.
Max
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A must-read for anyone interested in China's current affairs.
Doug
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of good information, but put together in a way that feels very disorganized. Jumps around in both time and place.
Paul Saarma
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent, insightful analysis of the man who leads China. Brown's comparison of the Chinese leadership with that of the Vatican was useful and insightful.
Marijus Krasnickas
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Insightful book on China's governing structure. Extensive bibliography list.
Liam
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Today, even in the second decade of the twenty-first century, the CCP remains close to its idealistic, utopian roots. It believes, in ways that most Western leaders of recent years do not, in scientific development, and in procedures, rules and a body of truths that will lead to a better world, one slowly approaching perfection. For Marxism, the Party maintains its convictions about historical progress: through thesis and antithesis to synthesis." (48)

"Xi's new mission, it has increasingly
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Zach Mazlish
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For someone without much incoming knowledge on the topic, this was a great read that combined raw information with analysis, on both historical and contemporary scales. I'm wary of taking the authors positions too matter-of-factly because of my relative lack of knowledge, but everything seemed well-reasoned and defensible. More than anything else this book is an analysis of the CCP, and an illuminating look at how its power structures operate. I really was not aware of how "continuous" a ...more
Orlaith
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wide-ranging book, looking at the political, historical and social environments as well as Xi himself, and the people surrounding him. The author knows China intimately, and writes well. It's a book that will be very informative for people with limited knowledge of Xi and China, but perhaps for those already familiar with the material, it won't contain any surprises or huge revelations. Though it can still be useful to have it all gathered together in one volume.
Timothee
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great first read for me about China's leadership and government structure. I still need to read more on the topic to have a clearer picture but I felt that this book is a good first introduction to the topic with great perspective to understand the CPC.
Olle  Qvarnström
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
En helt ok första bok för att försöka lära sig förstå Kina. Denna är mestadels fokuserad på Xi Jinping men man får även lite bakgrundsförståelse kring hur han skiljer sig från tex Deng Xiaoping och Mao Zedong. Pluspoäng för att den är kort och koncis.
Craig
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This isn’t really a biography of Xi. It is more of a snapshot of the Chinese government and how Xi fits into it. If you deal with China regularly and need to understand how political power is exercised there this may be a book for you.
Try Lee
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politic
Xi Jinping - China Dream: Country of Hope and Prosperity.
Hu Jintao - Harmonious Society and Scientific Development.
Den Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin - Capitalism Economic and Pure Economic Growth.
Gus Hebblewhite
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a fine book; nothing seemed inaccurate (not that I'd know!). I just didn't find it captivating.
James
CEO, China is a unique book with its combination of biography, history, and contemporary political analysis of The People's Republic of China. The main thrust, as indicated by the title, is the story of Xi Jinping and his rise to power and a position in which he was just reaffirmed for another five years.

I found the background about the source of power in modern China and the structure of the Chinese Communist Party provided useful insights into a mysterious country. The book also provides
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Marian
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: china
"What do you know about the man who runs China?" the blurb demanded.

"Nothing," I blinked. Well, basically nothing.

I couldn't believe it...I knew basically nothing about Xi Jinping, one of the most powerful leaders in the world today. (I also have some Chinese heritage, which makes it even more embarrassing.)

Xi, in fact, may wield more influence than any other secular leader. He functions not only as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) but also as their "core leader" - putting
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Kerry Brown is an author, columnist, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.

*From Kerry's Website.*: Prior to this he was the Professor of Chinese Politcs and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He led the Europe China Research and Advice Network(ECRAN) funded by the European Union from 2011 to 2014. He is an
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