ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On China - Celebration of the Chinese World

On China by Henry Kissinger (London: Alan Lane Penguin Books), 2011; pp XX+586; Rs 899.

This is a massive book. It appears that American writing on China like their popular fiction is tending to be massive. Indeed, the year 2011 saw three books on China being published which might be mentioned here. The book on Deng Xiaoping (Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China) by Ezra F Vogel runs into 876 pages. The other, also a biography (of Chiang Kai Shek titled The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China) is 736 pages long. In comparison, the Kissinger volume is relatively small but only comparatively so. But one must hasten to add that it does not suffer from readability as indeed this review says of the Deng’s biography that few people will actually read the book. In contrast, the Kissinger volume is indeed very readable.

Kissingerian Foreign Policy

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