On its centenary, five authors assess China’s Communist Party

 On its centenary, five authors assess China’s Communist Party

The Party and the People. By Bruce Dickson. Princeton University Press; 328 pages; $29.95 and £25

Rethinking Chinese Politics. By Joseph Fewsmith. Cambridge University Press; 230 pages; $25.99 and £19.99

China Coup. By Roger Garside. University of California Press; 256 pages; $23.95 and £20

From Rebel to Ruler. By Tony Saich. Belknap Press; 560 pages; $39.95 and £31.95

China’s Leaders. By David Shambaugh. Polity; 416 pages; $29.95 and £25

“THE WORLD cannot be safe until China changes.” In many ways, China has changed beyond recognition since Richard Nixon wrote those words in 1967. The country was then in the grip of Maoist madness, desperately poor and cut off from the Western world. But to many leaders in the West today, the warning rings as true as it did for Nixon, who was then preparing to launch a successful campaign to become America’s president. Their only quibble might be with his next assertion: “The…

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