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Zhou Enlai is one of the most controversial political figures in the Chinese Communist Party. Drawing on official documents and the testimony of people who knew Zhou, Barbara Barnouin and Yu Changgen provide an in-depth analysis of Zhou's complex personality, both as a person and a leader of the CCP, and his controversial actions. Their biography thoroughly and sensitively explains his political behavior, especially how such behavior shaped modern Chinese history.
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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher The Chinese University Press
ISBN 9629962802 ISBN13 9789629962807
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More About Barbara Barnouin & Yu Changgen
Barbara Barnouin is a research fellow at the Asia Center (CRAM) in the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.
The late Yu Changgen had worked with Zhou Enlai in the Foreign Ministry of China during the 1960s and 70s. Together, they co-authored "Ten Years of Turbulence: The Chinese Cultural Revolution" and "Chinese Foreign Policy During the Cultural Revolution,"
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Interesting but lacking in some respects Jan 3, 2008
I wanted to read a biography of Zhou Enlai and this one is good enough to satisfy that need.
However the authors spend a lot of time on the later part of his life which are arguably more interesting but it is at a cost of understanding earlier years.
At first the book seems a bit dry and more like a chronology of events, then when the later chapters come it gets more compelling. I'm not sure if that is due to my own interest and knowledge or if the book got better. I think it's a bit of both.
It's a short book so it doesn't take long to read and it provides and interesting addition to learning about Mao and other things about the communist years in China. However the lack of photographs and the lack of detail make it less than it could be otherwise. For such an important figure in modern history it seems inadequate.
On the technical side: some things that do not seem important but do become noticable are the mistakes in English. It's fairly common throughout the book.