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The Legacy of Deng Xiaoping

by Joshua Kurlantzick
October 4, 2011

Visitors stand in front of a portrait of the late Chinese leader Deng in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Visitors stand in front of a portrait of the late Chinese leader Deng in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters).

Although he was a transformational figure in China’s history, Deng Xiaoping has not received a thorough treatment from biographers in the way that Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai have. But in his new book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, Harvard professor Ezra Vogel offers the most complete portrait of Deng, his times, and his politics, that has ever been written in English. In the current issue of The Nation, I review the book and examine the ways in which Deng did — and did not — transform China.

Read my entire review here.

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