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Top-50 Books on China

Updated: October 14, 2013

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Ezra F. Vogel: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. 2011 (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

Best analysis of Deng's fundamental impact on China's reforms.

Joseph S. Nye Jr.: The Future of Power. 2011 (PublicAffairs; 1 Edition)

Nye argues that the US will continue to dominate thanks to a combination of hard and soft power.

Thomas L. Friedman / Michael Mandelbaum: That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. 2011 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Eye-opening, well-written analysis of Amarica's decline and China's ascent - based on anecdotal evidence rather than on hard facts. Still worth reading!

Carl E. Walter / Fraser J. T. Howie: Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise. 2011 (Wiley)

Sobering view on China's financial system. Essential reading for everyone who wants to invest in China.

Fareed Zakaria: The Post-American World. 2nd Edition. 2011 (W. W. Norton & Company)


Deborah Brautigam: The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa. 2011 (Oxford University Press)

Well-researched and mainly unbiased account of Chinese involvement in Africa. Essential book for understanding China's grand strategy.

Aaron L. Friedberg: A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia. 2011 (W. W. Norton & Company)

One of the less hysterical accounts of U.S.-China strategic relations. A serious book.

Evgeny Morozov: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. 2011 (PublicAffairs)

Not specifically on China - but sobering reading for cyber-intellectuals.

Peter W. Navarro / Greg Autry: Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action. 2011 (Pearson Prentice Hall)

While the book borders sensationalist agitation it should still be read by those who are a bit too naive about China's intentions.

Philip Andrews-Speed / Roland Dannreuther: China, Oil and Global Politics. (Routledge Contemporary China Series) 2011 (Routledge; 1 Edition)

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