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  1. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: North Korea: State of Paranoia, by Paul French

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 03:43pm by GDN

    ... Jonathan Steele North Korea: State of Paranoia by Paul French Zed 4 stars Jonathan Steele Mention North Korea and people expect tales of horror or ridicule- and there is good reason for both. It is refreshing then to find an author who analyses its tumult ...

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    Book review: Carnival China, by Kerry Brown

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 11:52am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson Carnival China: China in the Era of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping by Kerry Brown Imperial College Press 4.5 stars David Wilson A 2009 public survey by the state-owned magazine Xiaokang revealed that local government officials were less trusted tha ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: The Snowden Files, by Luke Harding

    Posted May 04th 2014, 01:55pm by GDN

    ... in government, the whistleblower concluded that any safeguards were gone. One of the most astonishing revelations in Harding's book is that Snowden had already blotted his copybook at the CIA, where ... Also, for a writer whose book depends on understanding how tech works, he sometimes seems hazy on the basics. Still, The Snowden Files is a riveting read and it unravels the mystery better than ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: The Army and Democracy, by Aqil Shah

    Posted May 04th 2014, 01:55pm by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan by Aqil Shah Harvard University Press 3 stars David Wilson Pakistan is on shaky terms with democracy. Since the Muslim state won independence in 1947, only once has it spawned an elected g ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: Asia's Cauldron, the South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... asks if there will be a war between China and the United States over the South China Sea. The American journalist and political commentator, who has written 15 books on foreign affairs ... decades and immediately beyond, will likely have to pass," he writes. "A more anxious, complicated world awaits us." The book is well researched in terms of history and the present. ...

  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Li Peng publishes his political memoir – but fails to cover his role in Tiananmen crackdown

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 01:12pm by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Book penned by former premier, who is held responsible by many for crushing the pro-democracy demonstrations, only covers events up to 1983 Li Peng, ... praised the book as a “document with great historical value” and written “with sincere emotion”. The memoir is not yet on sale, a person from the state-owned bookstore which will stock the book ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Time flew by, says radical lawmaker 'Long Hair' Leung on his release from jail

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:12am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... not really like- from back to front to kill time." Later he was able to read his own books including biographies of Leon Trotsky and Nelson Mandela, as well as poetry by Wang Jingwei, ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: Unbalanced- the Codependency of America and China, by Stephen Roach

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 12:40pm by DAVID BARTRAM

    ... David Bartram Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China by Stephen Roach Yale University Press 4 stars David Bartram The United States and China have become the world's ultimate odd couple, thrown together by circumstance but now so destructi ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Li Peng finally denies old rumours he is ex-premier Zhou Enlai's adopted son

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:57pm by Li Jing

    ... events up to 1983 and does not mention the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989. Li was premier and declared martial law in Beijing before troops moved into the square. In his book, Li, 85, describes his ...

  10. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: The Locust Effect, by Gary Haugen, Victor Boutros

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 09:43am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by Gary Haugen, Victor Boutros Oxford University Press 4 stars David Wilson In 1885, a racist Seattle mayor appointed himself police chief and tasked 100 men to stage an a ...




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