No More Chinese Communist Party

August 16, 2010

Vancouver Sun: The beast that is China’s ruling party

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 12:16 am

Until now. Richard McGregor’s new book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, should be required reading for anyone wanting to do any kind of business in China. Understanding the Party is fundamental to success — and to survival, as McGregor describes in chilling prose.

His narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, in which Matthiessen tracks the mysterious cat through the Himalayas.

As we travel with McGregor in search of his “beast,” as he calls the Party, we see mostly the bloody trail of its mauled victims, from 35 million starved to death in the Great Leap Forward to students massacred in Tiananmen Square.

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