China's New Rulers: The Secret Files


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New York Review of Books
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5.54 X 8.24 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the author of China's Transition, China's Crisis: Dilemmas of Reform and Prospects for Democracy, and Chinese Democracy, the coauthor of The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China's Search for Security, and the co-editor of The Tiananmen Papers.

Bruce Gilley is a doctoral student in politics at Princeton University and a former contributing editor at the Far Eastern Economic Review.


"China's New Rulers has a more enduring value because of its vivid picture of the party's procedures in selecting new leaders who also turn out to display outstanding qualities. The book portrays the party as a tightly knit establishment in which younger cadres rise like cream to the top on the basis of a combination of merit and luck in their patronage ties." -- Lucian W. Pye, Foreign Affairs

"Published on the eve of the emergence of a new generation of leadership in China, this volume could not be more timely for China watchers." --Choice

"It gives an acute account of the men who will oversee [China's] immediate political future--revealing some intriguing personality quirks along the way--and provides important insights into the problems and solutions that the new rulers are contemplating." --The Guardian (London)

"As informative as an intelligence assessment....Readers...will be keen for this glimpse into the new leaders' views on China's future direction." --Booklist

"Fascinating for the account...of how the party leadership selects and perpetuates itself; and revelations of what kind of men the new leaders are." --Jonathan Mirsky, Times Literary Supplement

"A remarkable book...the best guide we shall get...essential reading for anyone involved with China in the broadest sense." --The Sunday Telegraph (London)