DENG XIAOPING: THE LAST EMPEROR

THE LIFE OF DENG XIAOPING SPANNED AN APOCALYPTIC ERA ABOUNDING WITH WAR, FAMINE, DANGER AND MAO. HE SURVIVED IT ALL TO RULE ONE-FIFTH OF THE WORLD

He was a very small boy, but the village elders remember him distinctly because his family was descended from a mandarin, the most famous citizen of the humble settlement of Paifangcun until, well, until the very small boy came along. The eminent ancestor had passed the torturous series of civil examinations to prove he was a master of the Confucian classics and thus fit to serve the Emperor in faraway Beijing. And the boy's forefather did just that, at the very height of empire, when the Sons of Heaven, as the Emperors were called, could afford to sneer at the Western...

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