The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers

Richard McGregor

Rereading this book for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on 1 July 2021, I can’t help but notice that this book while excellent when published in 2010, needs serious overhaul and updating.

The sole reason is due to the emergence of Xi Jinping.  He has dismantled all the political reforms put in place by Deng Xiao Ping.  Deng and his family had suffered during the Cultural Revolution under Mao and were determined no one person can wield paramount power forever again. The 2 -term limit was one such restriction.

McGregor writes very well. Besides the caveat above,  one learns a lot about the Communist party apparatus and its grip on power.

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