The best books on the Chinese Communist Party 📚

Browse the best books on the Chinese Communist Party as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of China's Forgotten People: Xinjiang, Terror and the Chinese State

China's Forgotten People: Xinjiang, Terror and the Chinese State

By Nick Holdstock

Why this book?

This book provides the most accessible account of the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the native peoples of Xinjiang. Holdstock draws on his own experience living in Xinjiang to show how the CCP’s failure to recognize the genuine grievances of the native peoples of the region helped to drive the terrorism problem that the CCP claims to be addressing today through its genocidal policies.

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Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots

By Gary Ka-Wai Cheung

Why this book?

The 1967 riots in Hong Kong were inspired by the Cultural Revolution in mainland China. It was a turbulent and violent period both on the mainland and in Hong Kong. British colonial rule was threatened but it survived, and it turned the people of Hong Kong away from the CCP. The story of this fascinating period is told by veteran journalist, Gary Cheung from Hong Kong.
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The Changing Legal Orders in Hong Kong and Mainland China: Essays on "One Country, Two Systems"

By Albert H. Y. Chen

Why this book?

Hong Kong, as a Special Administrative Region operating a separate system than the one in Mainland China, is a pragmatic innovation of the CCP. The author is from Hong Kong and is a law professor. His scholarship on China’s constitutional history and issues is second to none. This collection of essays reveal how the CCP created a unique entity for post-colonial Hong Kong.
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The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

By Richard McGregor

Why this book?

The Chinese Communist Party is a mystery and this book is the best journalistic guide to try to understand it. This book inspired my reporting in China. It made me understand that the party is at the heart of every important decision made by Beijing though its decision-making is rarely visible. Written by a former Financial Times reporter, the book documents the big role the party plays in everything from picking the CEOs of China’s biggest firms to revamping the military.

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The best books on China by Western journalists

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The Communist Party of China and Marxism 1921-1985

By Laszlo Ladany

Why this book?

The author, a Jesuit priest from Hungary, spent years in China before moving to Hong Kong. He was the preeminent scholar on China in the 1970s-80s. Ladany poured over what the CCP said about itself to construct a marvellous “self-portrait” of the CCP, including insights about Hong Kong. His scholarship is awesome and there hasn’t been someone quite like him among scholars on China.
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The Dynamics of Chinese Politics

By Lucian Pye

Why this book?

Lucian Pye’s parents were American missionaries in China, and the author was born in northwest China. He was a sought-after China expert in his lifetime. He had a deep understanding of China and its politics, which meant he understood the CCP, and the book includes references to Hong Kong in the days when Hong Kong was a British colony but something was rumbling.
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