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Deng: A Political Biography

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By Benjamin Yang
ARMONK, NEW YORK: M. E. SHARPE, INC., 1998 331 PAGES

“Watch out for that little Man,” uttered by Mao about Deng, were hardly the words befitting one of the titans of the twentieth century. Standing in front of the martial law units that had crushed the Tiananmen demonstration, Deng uttered an equally unusual turn of phrase, “What is important is that we should never change China into a closed economy.” The death of China’s paramount leader of the last two decades on February 19, 1997 brought about an end to Communist China’s greatest leader of the twentieth century (notice the qualifications in this statement).