The Party Forever

Inside China’s Modern Communist Elite

Rowan Callick

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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A century after its underground beginnings, the Chinese Communist Party today exerts far-reaching control over every aspect of private life. Beyond it's legendary control of the internet within China's borders, even seemingly non-political domains are subject to its authority: routine business deals require party approval; university courses reflect party doctrine; and party families amass incredible wealth while other enterprises are squeezed out. Experts predicted that the Party leadership would mellow as the country’s economic fortunes soar, but the next generation of political heavyweights is keeping a tight grip on the reigns of power. Today's huge new class of young professionals, whether they believe in the Party’s ideology or not, are as focused as ever on strengthening the Party's role and silencing dissent. In The Party Forever, Rowan Callick goes behind the scenes to reveal the workings of China’s political elite, introduce us to its future leaders and explore how prepared it is to meet the challenges of its new role in the twenty-first century. This is an essential and eye-opening account of this poorly understood but hugely influential player in world politics.

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Praise for The Party Forever

“[This book] is a remarkable portrait of China today. Rowan Callick writes with a twofold strength: 1) the outstanding quality of his information  drawn mostly from the source: the Chinese people themselves (officials and dissenters, millionaires and paupers, artists, students, country people, urbanites, old and young)  and 2) a rare ability not to draw conclusions, but to raise the questions that truly matter, with a subtle mixture of clear-sightedness, awe and human compassion.”--Simon Leys, author of The Halls of Uselessness

 


“…a brutally incisive and frank look at this repressive but effective institution” - Booklist

 

“Even readers who have never wondered about life in the CCP will find the book insightful and informative” - Publishers Weekly

 


"Fascinating glimpses inside the frustrating machinery of power in China." -- Kirkus Review

 

 



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Rowan Callick

Rowan Callick is Asia-Pacific editor for The Australian and was previously its Beijing-based China correspondent. He has also been the China correspondent (based in Hong Kong) for the Australian Financial Review, a senior writer with Time magazine, and his work has appeared in Foreign Policy. He received the Graham Perkin Award for Journalist of the Year in 1995 and has won two Walkley Awards for Asia Pacific coverage. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Party Forever
Inside China’s Modern Communist Elite
Rowan Callick

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781137278852
ISBN10: 1137278854
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$27.00

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St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781137365521
ISBN10: 1137365528
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages
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