XI Jinping: The Most Powerful Man in the World


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$29.95  $27.85
Polity Press
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5.99 X 9.51 X 0.69 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Stefan Aust is the former editor-in-chief of Germany's leading news magazine Der Spiegel and the author of numerous bestselling books including The Baader-Meinhof Complex.
Adrian Geiges is the long-standing Beijing correspondent of the weekly news magazine Stern. Previously he worked as a television reporter for Spiegel TV and RTL in Moscow and New York.


While the US and Europe focus on the threat posed by Vladimir Putin, their bigger challenge comes from Xi Jinping. But what drives the Chinese president? In this wide-ranging book, journalists Aust and Geiges consider this question by exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the man behind the personality cult. A useful primer on a figure who will shape all our futures.
Jonathan Watts, Former East Asia correspondent for the Guardian
and president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China

This book about Xi Jinping is an original account of the current political condition in China and the trajectory of this political figure of our time. Enriched by authentic details, it tells an untellable story that is grand in scope. Both the book's starting point and its development are interesting and engaging. It traces historical happenings, conveys the characteristics of our time, and demonstrates the authors' in-depth understanding of the subject matter. This depth in the individualized narrative is most needed when we look at politics and history.
Ai Weiwei

At this crucial time, it's more important than ever to understand who Xi is and where he came from, all of which can help us better grasp the direction in which he is leading China. That's the task undertaken by Stefan Aust and Adrian Geiges in their new biography of the Chinese leader.
The Diplomat

excellent... a well-reasoned and fascinating account
New Internationalist

"Refreshing and thought-provoking."
Diplomatic Courier

"A valuable primer for those who don't know much about today's China or its leader."
Rana Mitter

"One of the best China books of the year."
Bookish Asia

Times Literary Supplement

"a good introduction to contemporary China viewed from the perspective of Xi's rule."
Sydney Morning Herald