Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and l

  • Title: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
  • Author: Ezra F. Vogel
  • ISBN: 9780674055445
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China s boldest strategist the pragmatic, disciplined force behind China s radical economic, technological, and social transformation.

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    1. Continuity as IllusionI question whether even the Chinese understand China. Perhaps because if they did the result might be mass suicide. Much better to, like the Catholic Church, re-shape the meaning of words to the needs of the day while keeping the form constant. A sort of rationality can thus be maintained within the most irrational of situations.Deng's practical repudiation of the Maoism that almost killed him while maintaining the forms of Maoist 'thought' is the theme of this breath-takin [...]

    2. It wasn't a easy read. Not because the writer was not talented. In contrast this book provided a fascinating account of Deng's life.The event leading up to the tragic Tiananmen square was covered in details. The things I learned about Deng from this book: He doesn't like to talk, he's short, he was a oversea student in France, he suffered three purges under Mao, one of his sons was crippled due to Cultural revolution. Deng was a ultimate political survivor. What ultimate helped Deng was Mao beli [...]

    3. No country underwent greater changes in the second half of the twentieth century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography. Deng Xiaoping - the architect of modern China - received both the respect and the criticism that he deserved in Vogel's well-researched book. The author skillfully tied the ups and downs of Deng's personal life with those of the country that Deng so deeply loved and by doing so, crafted a piece of work that is [...]

    4. An enormous, fascinating view of the man who had, after a century and a half of agony, brought China into the modern age, and brought hundreds of millions out of poverty. Deng is not an easy man to write about, due to the nature of his work, his government, and the fact that he didn't take notes and instead memorized everything. Many Chinese government archives also remain off-limits.After spending less then a hundred pages on the first fifty years of his life, the next six hundred are devoted t [...]

    5. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, is a fabulously written biography of one of modern China's most well regarded politicians. Deng Xiaoping was a fascinating character, who put the framework in place that China has used to modernize and bring millions of people out of poverty. He redesigned China's political landscape, radically altered its Marxist economy and put the necessary reforms in place to put China on the path to its current position in the world. Even so, his [...]

    6. Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of long term impact: Den Xiaoping. Very little about him is part of common knowledge outside China and this a great detailed account of his early life but with most detail devoted to the late Mao era and then his surprising take over of China and his profound strategic redirection of its whole future course. Incredibly well researched and a compelling narrative with lots of analytical insight as to why [...]

    7. When considering the modern history of China and to understand the current, modern China, we need not look at Mao Zedong, but at Deng Xiaoping, the architect of modern China. To understand China is to understand Deng Xiaoping.In his book, Ezra Vogel gives a detailed account of the life of Deng Xiaoping. He starts with his early life, how he became a communist, his rise and downfalls during Mao Zedong and ultimately his rise after the death of Mao Zedong and the transformation of Mao's Chiona to [...]

    8. If you are going to read one book about modern China, this is the one. Here's why:1) To understand China nowadays, one must understand Deng Xiaoping. Perhaps, this is the only book in the market with such detailed account (around 900 pages) of how/ why China was transformed (both in a good and bad way) under Deng’s leadership. However, those who are looking for untold stories of Deng will be disappointed. 2) Most western-authored books about China have their underlying question of “China – [...]

    9. Ezra Vogel wrote a really really long biography of Deng Xiaoping, the second Emperor of the Communist Dynasty. It's massive, packed with detail, enormously interesting, and more than a bit scary. So Deng Xiaoping was one of those elemental badass guys who's a lot of fun to read about, and very scary when you realize that real people had to deal with him and the consequences of his actions. Much like his old boss Mao Zedong, that way, except that where Mao was more of a crazy mad warrior poet dic [...]

    10. A wonderful biography of Deng Xiaoping. There is more emphasis on the later as opposed to earlier years of his life. He was a survivor, having been purged twice by Chairman Mao Zedong. But Mao was not to be finished with Deng--keeping him on the backburner in case he needed his skills later on.The book provides background for his ultimate leadership of China. Deng was "taken down" during the Cultural Revolution, an enormous upheaval of Chinese society orchestrated by Mao. Deng and his family wer [...]

    11. This is probably the longest book I've ever read, but recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about China, or who has a general interest in history or business. Personally, it has given me a lens through which I can better interpret modern China. It paints a balanced and nuanced picture of modern Chinese history, and is a story of extreme pragmatism, making difficult decisions, and masterful political navigation both domestically and internationally. At a macro level, I think business an [...]

    12. "As long as it catches mice, it doesn't matter if the cat is black or white." Thus Deng Xiaoping on the centrality of utility in his great goal and achievement: laying the foundation of the opening and modernization of China's economy. This process, a world-historical event whose effects we are just starting to feel, is Deng's lasting legacy to the Chinese people and the world. Professor Vogel traces the life and times of this remarkable leader who survived three purges but always returned to th [...]

    13. I finished reading this book this morning feeling quite satisfied. Many points of my curiosity about more recent Chinese history had been addressed by Ezra Vogel in ‘Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China’. This well-researched book covers extremely well Chinese leadership from 1969 to 1992. When one thinks of the situation in China in 1969, and compares it to the situation in 1992, there is a natural curiosity about how this remarkable evolution of the governing processes of China to [...]

    14. My appreciation of this book, one of the best I read this year, is well expressed in the meme format. (broken link)To me, the only major downside of this book was that after having read Mao: The Unknown Story and Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard, I was surprised that the author downplayed some of the nastier elements of Mao and Deng's CCP. For example, the One-Child Policy initiated by Deng's administration, one of the cruelest and most significant social policies in human history, gets two p [...]

    15. Ezra Vogel’s masterful history of China’s reform era is perhaps the clearest account of the revolution that turned China from a totalitarian backwater into the power it has become today. John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Post reviewed this biography for Book World, which made our top 10 list for 2011. Read Pomfret's review here: washingtonpost/enterta

    16. If you want to understand modern Chinese history and have time to read a 800 page book then this is the one.

    17. A comprehensive story of the reign of Deng Xiaoping. The focus naturally is on the years in power and the role he played in the transformation of the Chinese economy. However the book fails to answer the most important question about Deng. How was he able to overcome the fact that he was banished from leaderships positions not once, but thrice, and was able to come back and lead the country? Vogel's answer comes many times in obsequious ines like this "His colleagues recognized that no other le [...]

    18. It's not a book only about Deng Xiaoping. History of China, especially in the second part of the 20th century transformed from a poor country to the second biggest economy nowadays. Communist party leadership in China is almost same with Soviet one, which has been ruled our country for 70 years. But several advantages of China and wise and foresight vision of top people in China helped to move ahead the economy except of collapsing as it happenned in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.The contribut [...]

    19. It is a treat for those interested in learning the concepts of economic development, military strategies and superior personality traits. It would have been better if it was written in continuous chronological order. Coming to the central character of the book, Deng was a shrewd pragmatist. His belief in the communist ideology provided him the authority to lead and his willingness to experiment is what generated result. He was the strict and practical leader which China desperately needed at tha [...]

    20. A magnificent and detailed account of the life and events of China's paramount leader in Post-Mao China. The books is very well researched and referenced and contains a lot of detail on China's internal politics as well as policies (foreign and domestic) during the Deng era. Ezra Vogel has done a great job in aiding our understanding China's foreign policy and the economic policies that gradually took hold in China and that led to China's re-emergence as a world power. I would have liked a bit m [...]

    21. It's not the most psychologically deep biography, but that's likely because there isn't enough written archival information to examine because they man never took notes or wrote a journal. Even though it lacks psychological analysis of the man, the story of achievement after setback after achievement is amazing.

    22. history. really well-researched and though some people may find a lot of the defenses of deng pandering, i found it was a pretty even-handed (if sometimes overcompensatingly pro-chinese) take on a very interesting and profoundly important historical figure

    23. Pragmatic Deng began to reform the Chinese economy after being thrown under the bus by Mao at least twice. Deng claimed "a market economy happens under socialism, too." But, sadly, he was also likely the one who ordered the crushing of the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989.

    24. A fantastic book for anyone who is willing to understand the contemporary history of China. Brilliant ideas about Mr. Deng's leadership.

    25. Not just a biography, 'Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China' is what it sounds like—both a biography and a history of China in the latter 20th century. For Vogel, Deng's influence on the trajectory of China, particularly after 1978, was so profound that Deng and the future of China are one and the same. This future would be so important to world history, that Deng's initiatives, according to Vogel, had an effect on Chinese society not seen since the forming of the Han Dynasty. While M [...]

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