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China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom

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This audacious and illuminating memoir by Richard Baum, a senior China scholar and sometime policy advisor, reflects on forty years of learning about and interacting with the People's Republic of China, from the height of Maoism during the author's UC Berkeley student days in the volatile 1960s through globalization. Anecdotes from Baum's professional life illustrate the a ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 26th 2010 by University of Washington Press (first published 2010)
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May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I purchased this book after finishing Professor Baum's Great Courses lecture series, "Fall and Rise of China". I loved this series and wanted more by Baum, who died in 2012.

In that respect, this book was only half good, because half of the chapters are literally word for word repeated in the Great Courses lecture. I found so many chapters where every paragraph was so familiar that I skipped past them. The rest of the book is background information of a more personal or less general nature that B
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Amusing enough anecdotes combined with a history of some more accessible parts of modern Chinese history. The author can be a bit self-aggrandizing, which he admits to in the intro, and I found it annoying at times, but whatever. I get the impression that at least some of the time, he has enough self-awareness to poke fun at his own occasional pomposity.
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Entertaining insights into the recent historical development of China and to the academic life of a noted Sinologist.
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Dr. Richard Baum is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UCLA, where he specializes in the study of modern Chinese politics and foreign relations. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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