Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.
LibraryThing member ck2935
This is a great book analysing the rule of Mao and how the leaders of China, especially Deng Xio Peng were influenced by the Cultural Revolution. A little dated I suppose, but great for historical background.
LibraryThing member datrappert
Salisbury presents a pretty definitive (for its time) argument that the leaders of China's Communist Party don't really differ that much from the leaders of China's imperial dynasties. They even still live in the same place! And come to think of it, not much has changed in the 20 years since this book was written, except that leadership changes hands a little more frequently than it usually did with emperors. It is also important to understand how the "mandate of heaven" now falls upon the Communist Party. Fascinating stuff if you are interested in China.