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Zhou Enlai: A Political Life [Hardcover]

By Barbara Barnouin (Author) & Yu Changgen (Author)
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This new biography of Zhou Enlai is based on research in official documents as well as from longtime acquaintances of Zhou. The authors successfully give an in-depth analysis on the complex personality and controversial actions of Zhou, both as a person and a leader of the Chinese Communist Party. The analysis explors the nature of his political behavior and how such behaviur played a crucial role in modern Chinese history.

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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2005
Publisher   The Chinese University Press
ISBN  9629962446  
ISBN13  9789629962449  

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More About Barbara Barnouin & Yu Changgen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Chinese
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3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Political
4Books > Subjects > History > Asia > China > General
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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.


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