The Bo Xilai Scandal: Power, Death, and Politics in China greatly expands and brings up to date an extraordinary narrative first published in the FT Weekend magazine this summer.
That the high-flying politician's demise should have been triggered by his glamorous wife's murder of a British businessman, as revealed in the most serious defection attempt in the Communist party's history, makes for a ripping yarn. But the story's high political drama also has profound implications for Asia's biggest economy, and hence for the whole world. Apart from exploding any illusion that authoritarian China has managed to institutionalise a smooth succession mechanism, the scandal exposed vicious infighting and corruption that threaten to corrode the Communist party's legitimacy in the eyes of its people.
Jamil Anderlini, the Financial Times' bureau chief in Beijing, weaves together lurid detail and thoughtful political context to provide a gripping account of the rise and fall of Bo Xilai.
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