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We Need To Talk About Xi

What we need to know about the world’s most powerful leader

Michael Dillon



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Ebury Press
09 April 2024
A short, urgent book that sorts the fact from the fiction about Xi Jinping - one of the world's most powerful political leaders - to truly understand how he came to power, his hold on China and why we should care.

Meet the most powerful leader in the world.

Chinese premier Xi Jinping graces our television screens and news headlines on a regular basis. But even after a decade in power, he remains shrouded in mystery.

From growing up with a father purged in Mao's Cultural Revolution and his mission to eradicate poverty, to his persecution of Uyghur Muslims and paranoia about being likened to Winnie-the-Pooh, Xi Jinping is a man obscured by caricatures. In this short, essential primer, historian and writer Michael Dillon unveils the character of Xi Jinping - arguably the world's most powerful man - to truly understand his grip on China, what he wants and how the West gets him wrong.

But this is not just the story of Xi; this is the story of today's largest economic powerhouse, which dives into the crux of the issue - what does Xi's leadership of China mean for the rest of the world, and what will he do next?

Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   145g
ISBN:   9781529914450
ISBN 10:   1529914450
Pages:   160
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Dillon is a historian and writer, who has studied and travelled in China for over 50 years. Currently Professor of History and Affiliate of the Lau China Institute at King's College London, he was previously the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University and Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society, has commented on contemporary Chinese affairs for international media, and has been a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. His recent books include China- A Modern History, China in the Age of Xi Jinping, Zhou Enlai- the Enigma behind Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping- the Man Who Made Modern China.

Reviews for We Need To Talk About Xi: What we need to know about the world’s most powerful leader

Michael Dillon uses his decades of rich and varied experience as a scholar in and about China to decipher the leadership of current leader Xi Jinping. With succinct, informative chapters on Xi's early life, political career, his style of leadership and its guiding ideas, Dillon gives an authoritative, sure-footed interpretation of who Xi is, what he stands for and what he wants. While never shying away from contentious issues like Xinjiang, Hong Kong and human rights under Xi, Dillon presents a balanced picture, acknowledging both the problems and the strengths of a man often labelled the most powerful figure in the world today. -- Kerry Brown, author of 'Xi: A Study in Power'

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