CEO, China

CEO, China : The Rise of Xi Jinping

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China has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary, life at the top in China has changed. Under the guise of a corruption crackdown, which has seen his rivals imprisoned, Xi Jinping has been quietly building one of the most powerful leaderships modern China has ever seen. In CEO China, the noted China expert Kerry Brown reveals the hidden story of the rise of the man dubbed the 'Chinese Godfather'. Brown investigates his relationship with his revolutionary father, who was expelled by Mao during the Cultural Revolution, his business dealings and allegiances in China's regional power struggles and his role in the internal battle raging between the old men of the Deng era and the new super-rich 'princelings'. Xi Jinping's China is powerful, aggressive and single-minded and this book will become a must-read for the Western world.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 30.48mm | 460g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 178453322X
  • 9781784533229
  • 220,008

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"Kerry Brown is one of our most perceptive and accurate foreign observers of China"--JOHN SIMPSON, BBC (01/06/2017) Xi Jinping is one of the world's most powerful people and the strongest Chinese leader in decades. Brown (Chinese studies, King's Coll. London; The New Emperors) chronicles Xi's life and rise to power while examining the nature of power in contemporary China. Over the last couple of decades, party leaders have appeared to distance themselves from Mao and some of the social problems from the early years of the People's Republic of China. President Xi, however, embraces both the Mao era and reform as the narrative leading to modern China. The party's "achievement in creating the China the world sees today justifies the cost of epic social movements, famines and turmoil from 1949 to 1978. These were the years it was learning." In this light, the author examines the strength of the president and, through efforts like the anticorruption campaign, his vision for the future of China. Verdict: This in-depth look at power in China and the new president will appeal to those interested in China or politics.-- (09/30/2016) "Xi is determined to reshape China and bring it into the centre of the international stage. We all feel these profound changes, but few of us have the ability to step back, put Xi in perspective, analyse his rise, and guess where Xi will take us. Kerry Brown has it, and he delivers. This book provides an excellent account of Xi's rise, his visions, his determination, and the future he is making for China and for the world.
All who are interested in China and its global role should read it."-- (01/06/2017) Xi Jinping, president of China, is now undoubtedly one of the most powerful men in the world. This is the first biography of Xi in English and provides a lucid and readable account of his background, rise to power and political background.

-- (07/05/2016) There is an occupational hazard for anyone who chooses to write about Chinese politics in the second decade of the 21st century," admits Professor Kerry Brown of King's College, London, in his dazzlingly detailed new book, CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. "We may live in an age of openness and information, but the inner workings of the Chinese political system ... remain one of the few bastions of opacity." More presumptive "experts" should follow Brown's lead and humbly offer their "expertise" with modesty. Few do.--Tom Plate, distinguished scholar of Asian and Pacific studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. That is the new and excellent book by Kerry Brown. Almost all books on China are either bad or mediocre, but this one is the best book I ever have read on the exercise of power in contemporary China. Every page is good, here is a short excerpt:
'More important than a cabinet in the Western system of government, yet ostensibly separate from day-to-day decision making, the Politburo owns the crucial function of dispensing ideological, spiritual and political leadership. This description means it covers nothing and everything. It has the broadest framework within which to operate, which means it can wander into every area of administrative and governmental life in the country. But like the ideal city described in Plato's Republic, in a strange way China is really run on the model of philosopher kings.'
Definitely recommended, one of my favorite non-fiction books of the year so far. I can readily imagine re-reading it.--Professor Tyler Cowen, chair of economics at George Mason University and New York Times columnist
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About Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is the Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and former head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. With 20 years experience of life in China, he has worked in education, business and government, including a term as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and The Observer amongst others, as well as for many international and Chinese media outlets. He is the author of The New Emperors (I.B.Tauris, 2014), Contemporary China (2012), Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China (with Will Hutton, 2009) and Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (with Jonathan Fenby, 2007).
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