The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market Hardcover – 21 Jul 2005
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"Magisterial... Impressive..." -- David Rennie, Daily Telegraph
"magisterial... impressive..." -- Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2005
A piece of classic scholarship. -- Tribune, 26 August 2005
About the Author
John Gittings was the Guardian's China specialist and East Asia editor (1983-2003) and opened the newspaper's first staff bureau on the mainland in Shanghai. He began to visit China during the Cultural Revolution and witnessed the major events of the past thirty years, including the Tiananmen Square protests and the Hong Kong handover. His books include works on Chinese foreign policy, military affairs, politics, and domestic society. He has also written on international and nuclear politics and was for many years the Guardian's foreign editorial writer.
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The result is sometimes heavy and there are undoubtedly sections of this book that will weigh down all but the most hardened political animals. The research that John Gittings has provided in this book, however, is startling, and very, very impressive.
The best attribute of this book, however, is it's balance. It is not a pro-communist, one-sided travel brochure, neither is it the usual Western anti-Chinese propaganda, rather, it is a balanced and reasonably fair look at both the positive effects of Mao's cultural revolution, the fantastic liberation of the peasants, but also the current bureaucracy of the CCCP, and the horror that was the Tiannemen Square massacre. Most of this book is colourful, interesting and informative, particularly the sections that focus on various Chinese literature and poetry. The description of the USA's cowardly and disgraceful attack on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 also makes the blood boil. Events like these help show just how spiteful and antagonistic American foreign policy is and always has been, and such events are a shameful reminder of the cretinous hypocrisy of the West.
There is also a great deal of humour in this book. Demonstrations against the US bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade saw people carrying placards which contained some truly amusing slogans such as "I'd rather die of starvation than eat a McDonalds, I'd rather die of thirst than drink Coca-Cola.Read more ›
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While the first impressions of the title may lead one to expect a sociological analysis of modern China, The Changing Face of China is as much a well written history on modern... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2012 by Adrian J. Smith
The author of this book clearly knows what he is talking about. His familiarity with the PRC stretches back several decades, and he quotes extensively from a wide range of sources... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2007 by Doughnut
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