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Book Review: Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander V Pantsov and Steven I Levine

By Isabel Hilton  

unnamed (4)Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander V Pantsov and Steven I Levine (Oxford University Press, £22.99)

Deng Xiaoping, the diminutive, bridge-playing Chinese dictator, enjoys a relatively benign reputation in the west. He is seen as the man who rejected Mao Zedong’s later madness and set China on its world-changing path of rapid growth and its integration into the global economy, lifting 300m Chinese out of poverty. While western enthusiasm is a touch excessive, Deng did get the Chinese Communist Party’s foot off people’s neck, liberating their energy, discipline and hard work. But…

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