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Kerry Brown is the Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and former head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. With 20 years experience of life in China, he has worked in education, business and government, including a term as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and The Observer amongst others, as well as for many international and Chinese media outlets. He is the author of The New Emperors (I.B.Tauris, 2014), Contemporary China (2012), Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China (with Will Hutton, 2009) and Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (with Jonathan Fenby, 2007).

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"Kerry Brown is one of our most perceptive and accurate foreign observers of China"--JOHN SIMPSON, BBC (01/06/2017) "CEO, China is a thoughtful and thought-provoking study of China s current leader A fascinating glimpse into the workings of the Chinese leadership."--FRANK CHING, FIRST BUREAU CHIEF IN BEIJING FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND AUTHOR OF ANCESTORS (01/06/2017)" "A necessary read for anyone who thinks about China, which is most of us these days Kerry Brown s book is very timely, thorough and insightful, and gives some of the prevailing orthodoxies a bit of an overdue nudge. A lot of the commentary about Xi to date has been fairly trite; this book isn t.--CLINTON DINES, FORMER CEO OF BHP BILLITON IN CHINA (01/06/2017)" Xi Jinping is one of the world's most powerful people and the strongest Chinese leader in decades. Brown (Chinese studies, King's Coll. London; The New Emperors) chronicles Xi's life and rise to power while examining the nature of power in contemporary China. Over the last couple of decades, party leaders have appeared to distance themselves from Mao and some of the social problems from the early years of the People's Republic of China. President Xi, however, embraces both the Mao era and reform as the narrative leading to modern China. The party's "achievement in creating the China the world sees today justifies the cost of epic social movements, famines and turmoil from 1949 to 1978. These were the years it was learning." In this light, the author examines the strength of the president and, through efforts like the anticorruption campaign, his vision for the future of China. Verdict: This in-depth look at power in China and the new president will appeal to those interested in China or politics.--Library Journal, Starred Review, Casey Watters, Singapore Management University (09/30/2016) "Xi is determined to reshape China and bring it into the centre of the international stage. We all feel these profound changes, but few of us have the ability to step back, put Xi in perspective, analyse his rise, and guess where Xi will take us. Kerry Brown has it, and he delivers. This book provides an excellent account of Xi's rise, his visions, his determination, and the future he is making for China and for the world. All who are interested in China and its global role should read it."--YONGNIAN ZHENG, DIRECTOR OF THE EAST ASIAN INSTITUTE, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (01/06/2017) There is an occupational hazard for anyone who chooses to write about Chinese politics in the second decade of the 21st century," admits Professor Kerry Brown of King's College, London, in his dazzlingly detailed new book, CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. "We may live in an age of openness and information, but the inner workings of the Chinese political system ... remain one of the few bastions of opacity." More presumptive "experts" should follow Brown's lead and humbly offer their "expertise" with modesty. Few do.--Tom Plate, distinguished scholar of Asian and Pacific studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. That is the new and excellent book by Kerry Brown. Almost all books on China are either bad or mediocre, but this one is the best book I ever have read on the exercise of power in contemporary China. Every page is good, here is a short excerpt: 'More important than a cabinet in the Western system of government, yet ostensibly separate from day-to-day decision making, the Politburo owns the crucial function of dispensing ideological, spiritual and political leadership. This description means it covers nothing and everything. It has the broadest framework within which to operate, which means it can wander into every area of administrative and governmental life in the country. But like the ideal city described in Plato's Republic, in a strange way China is really run on the model of philosopher kings.' Definitely recommended, one of my favorite non-fiction books of the year so far. I can readily imagine re-reading it.--Professor Tyler Cowen, chair of economics at George Mason University and New York Times columnist Xi Jinping, president of China, is now undoubtedly one of the most powerful men in the world. This is the first biography of Xi in English and provides a lucid and readable account of his background, rise to power and political background. --Gideon Rachman, Financial Times (07/05/2016) CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. That is the new and excellent book by Kerry Brown. Almost all books on China are either bad or mediocre, but this one is the best book I ever have read on the exercise of power in contemporary China. Every page is good, here is a short excerpt: 'More important than a cabinet in the Western system of government, yet ostensibly separate from day-to-day decision making, the Politburo owns the crucial function of dispensing ideological, spiritual and political leadership. This description means it covers nothing and everything. It has the broadest framework within which to operate, which means it can wander into every area of administrative and governmental life in the country. But like the ideal city described in Plato's Republic, in a strange way China is really run on the model of philosopher kings.' Definitely recommended, one of my favorite non-fiction books of the year so far. I can readily imagine re-reading it.---Prof. Tyler Cowen, Chair of economics at George Mason University and New York Times columnist Xi Jinping, president of China, is now undoubtedly one of the most powerful men in the world. This is the first biography of Xi in English and provides a lucid and readable account of his background, rise to power and political background.--Gideon Rachman, Financial Times (07/05/2016)

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