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Top-50 Books on China

Updated: October 14, 2013

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Andrew S. Erickson / Lyle J. Goldstein: Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles. 2011 (Naval Institute Press)

Richard McGregor: The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers. 2010 (Harper)

Eye-opening account of how China is run by the Communist Party from Financial Times reporter McGregor.

Richard E. Clarke / Robert Knake: Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It. 2010 (Ecco)

Tries to go behind the "geek talk" of hackers to explain what cyber war is, but lacks technological detail.

Frank Dikötter: Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962. 2010 (Walker & Company)

New documents shed light on the devastations of the Great Leap Forward.

Stefan Halper: The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century. 2010 (Basic Books)

Describes China’s foreign policy as authoritarian capitalism. Sobering!

Philip J. Cunningham: Tiananmen Moon: Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989. 2010 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition)

Cunningham, professor of media studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, has collected firsthand account of the student demonstrations and massacre in Tiananmen Square.

Zhao Ziyang: Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang. 2010 (Simon and Schuster; 1 edition)

A glimpse into the Chines Communist party's inner circle before Tiananmen.

Geoffrey Kemp: The East Moves West: India, China, and Asia's Growing Presence in the Middle East. 2010 (Brookings Institution Press)

Describes how China is pushing westward into the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

Julia C. Strauss / Martha Saavedra (Eds.): China and Africa: Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development. (The China Quarterly Special Issue, Vol. 9) 2010 (Cambridge University Press)

Scholarly analyses covering a wide range of subjects.

Ian Taylor: China's New Role in Africa. 2010 (Lynne Rienner Publications)

Taylor, a professor in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, illuminates China's ambitions in Africa.

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