No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the. Ezra F. Vogel tells the story of how a Communist Party official changed China. A look at the career of Deng Xiaoping, who changed China’s course. minutely documented book, but not as predictably as Ezra F. Vogel.

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Nixon had good impression of him. Vogel needs to edit the writing of his Chinese staff that put this together. Then, once the previously starving peasants are now thriving, quietly apply the same reforms everywhere else.

But Vogel has also been able to consult several recent works of historians, Chinese journalists, and, crucially, former colleagues of Deng who have published accounts of their own direct roles in activities alongside the Little Helmsman, especially two works of Yu Guanyuan published in and He was not the person who took everything from a foreign and more developed country to develop his own country.

Jun 09, Mark Witzke rated it really liked it. Jan 14, Betty Ho rated it it was amazing Shelves: The reason that Vogel writes this way is that most of the book was taken from secondary sources written in Chinese.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

The book portraits Deng as a paramount leader whose virtues and flaws are equally visible and whose influence is unparalleled – voggel portrait that is most likely not very far away from the truth. Not to be missed, if you have any interest in modern Chinese history. The passage which was removed in the Chinese translation read: But as former secretary general of the CCP secretariat in charge of all administrative mattersDeng knew more than anyone else the importance of vogsl of personnel.

Viogel states the Deng tried to avoid bloodshed. During the Cultural Revolution, Fogel was banished to the country side, which he used to consider directions he would pursue to achieve reform. The New York Times reported that several passages were removed from the Chinese translation of Vogel’s book, including a reference to Xiaoping’s “shaking hands” at a dinner with Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and an order to Chinese newspapers not to cover the fall of communism in Eastern Europe during the s.


It’s not a book only about Deng Xiaoping. Generally speaking, Deng Xiaoping outsmarted the hardcore leftists in his party either by phrasing his proposed reforms in a clever way that they found hard to argue with, or else by avoiding arguing altogether.

This books gives a detailed overview of Deng’s life, politics and thoughts. Ezra Vogel has done a great job in aiding our understanding China’s foreign policy and the economic policies that gradually took hold in China and that led to China’s re-emergence as a world power.

The book also addresses what appear to be some difficult choices that suggest some problematic decision making by Deng. What exactly does “fighting factionalism” mean? Vlgel, many Party veterans who had been mistreated under Mao, would have none of it, xiaopong Deng, as a party veteran and well regarded reformer, quickly marginalized Hua and took power informally.

The book provides background for his ultimate leadership of China. Deng’s practical repudiation of the Maoism that almost killed him while maintaining the forms of Maoist ‘thought’ is the theme of this breath-taking political biography. When queried about domestic resistance to the normalization of relationships with the US he replied that 17 dent people in the province of Taiwan were not happy.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel

Deng is not an easy man to write about, due to the nature of his work, his government, and the fact that he didn’t take notes and instead memorized everything.

He had access to many who knew and worked with Deng, including Jiang Zemin.

He was suddenly overwhelmed by fear and depression”. The book could use some editing. Instead, he prepared his power base, experimented on a small scale with cities, worked carefully with foreign governments to create favorable conditions and a well-trained and equipped vogek.

This question remained a central and divisive one throughout Deng’s years of rule. Vogela renowned specialist on Vogl and Japan who rose to international prominence in with the publication of Japan as Number One: Vogel has written an authoritative biography, chronicling the ups and downs of Deng Xiaoping with a neutral tone, fantastic sourcing and research, and intricate depth and detail often uncommon in a biography.

It’s massive, packed with detail, enormously interesting, and more than a bit scary. His diligent use of official papers and his privileged access to members of the Chinese Communist elite make this biography of Deng Xiaoping the most complete we are likely to have under the present ruling order.


I think that the book’s author might have had a somewhat more critical take on this event. Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of long term impact: This would have been hard enough if the country were committed to abandoning communism – but with a strong base of leftists remaining in the communist party, Deng had to implement his reforms – which were essentially capitalist in nature – without invoking the wrath of the hardcore leftists.

The book has several areas where it explores Deng’s career as leader. Aug 05, Tair Kuanyshev rated it it was amazing. However the book fails to answer the most important question about Vogek.

Ezra Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,

His role in subverting Eeng orthodoxy from the inside is comparable to that of Gorbachev with respect to the Soviet Union—and he deserves sustained attention such as this landmark book offers. Instead, he didn’t rush but accepted the global change a bit by bit and invented his own suitable philosophy which should fit and accelerate the economy and waited for the right time and right situation when his people are ready.

Deng Xiaoping was born in in Paifang, Guang’an county, Sichuan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Author bows to Chinese censorship of his Deng Xiaoping biography

More fundamental change was called for, and Deng could rely on help from disgraced former senior officials who had been removed from power but not eliminated. The Unknown Story and Gang of One: Aug 09, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. In the years afterstudents who had shouted ovgel against the government for corruption and for not granting more democracy and freedom began supporting the government and party by shouting slogans against foreigners, who they felt were unfairly criticizing China.