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Deng Xiaoping (Lerner Biographies) Library Binding – 1 May 2002


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  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group; Library Binding edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082254962X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822549628
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,064,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Controversial but charismatic Chinese leader Deng Xiapoing was involved in numerous military and political events that shaped China in the 20th Century. In thorough detail, this comprehensive resource describes Deng's life from his early education in France to his prominent role in Mao Zedong's government and his involvement in the Tiananmen Square tragedy. Includes full-colour and b/w photos. Ages 11-17.

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Format: Library Binding
I think this book is aimed at either non-native readers or children/teens as the language used is quite simple and any terms that the author deemed 'complicated' are included in a list at the back of the book, something I found a little odd. I didn't realise this before I bought it so I was a little disappointed by this as I was hoping for something more thorough.

Despite this it is an entirely informative and straightforward book for a very important man who seems to lack a good, definitive biography. Deng comes off as a man who would have done anything to stay on Mao's good side, including blatant cronyism, but who was quite willing and intelligent enough to come up with policies that reversed decades of decline under the paranoid schizophrenia of Mao's rule. A man who only became great once he stepped out of Mao's shadow.

In conclusion, this is an informative book although targeted at a rather low readership level.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Deng's Bio 5 Dec 2011
By The Bard William Shakespeare - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is a fundamental book on the great Deng's life. It is adequate for a college professor and understandable to a 6/7th grader.
It is written in plain simple language the way I like it, no phony vocabulary thrown in to impress people with the writer's great lexicon.

This book is new or very close to it.

The price was doing me a favor.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
But really two and a half stars! 25 Jan 2012
By M. M. V. Vooren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
At about 130 pages with large font,this book can be read in one night. I just did that and came away with not too many new things. Alright, it says it is a "Learner Biography", but does that have to mean, "very simple and lacking depth???" Of course, I may not qualify for the average reader, since I spent all of 2005 in Beijing, studying Mandarin and also scouting for the potential to expand my business into China in the form of a subsidiary. I have real China credentials. I have traveled extensively to China since 1994, from Beijing to Shanghai to Hong Kong to Shandong, to Wuxi, to Xi-An to Shenzhen and Dongguan and then some, the list is quite long. I have friends in China, lived with the Chinese, not like an expatriate - and active customer-business connections. So I think it is fair to say I may be one of the better China Experts. If a reader knows nothing of China and would like to get a first glimpse, this might be one way to start it off. (Frankly, any author who claims to have traveled in China and all she learnt is how to master the art of eating with chopsticks!!! - well, no comment... what can one say? anybody can learn that by going to their local Chinese restaurant, armed with an "Eating with Chopsticks for Dummies" Booklet, lol... that is NOT an achievement worthy of mentioning in my opinion). There is no personal account related in the pages of this book, no author's point of view, no analysis of the trends emerging in today's Chinese society: it is a teacher homework assignment to compile from public sources an essay "Write down what you know about Deng Xiao Ping". One can go to Wikipedia and probably read it there all the same, for free.
So, if you know nothing and want to start your knowledge of China from scratch and for just a quick entrance, and if you don't know how to find your way to Wiki, get this book. In all other cases, you would be wasting your money.
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