In 1978, Deng Xiaoping, China's paramount leader, launched the economic reforms that turned the world's most populous nation into an economic dynamo. Yet Deng also shaped the destiny of a China that to this day is locked in the iron embrace of the Chinese Communist Party and its ancient, intractable leaders—even though early in his regime Deng had

chapter |13 pages


part Part I|46 pages

The Basis of Deng Xiaoping’s Power (1976-1979)

part Part III|81 pages

The End of the Empire (1987–1989)