|Plot Summary of Deng: A Political Biography|
|" Deng Xiaoping was a cunning politician who came to power through his ability to accurately appraise Mao Zedong's state of mind. Deng was becoming disillusioned with Mao's policies, and when he became China's absolute ruler in 1978, he embraced post-Mao reforms. Unfortunately, Deng lacked the kind of hands-on control that was necessary to follow through on his economic modernization program.
Deng possessed a reformist drive, but he was also a ruthless dictator who launched a massive purge that sent almost one million people to labor camps, and execution, on the grounds that they were "rightist sympathizers". Deng was drawn to power, but he did not have any real political convictions other than holding on to power. "
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Deng: A Political Biography|
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Political/social rights fight
- suffering under communism
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- politician/elected ruler
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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