Shortlist year: 
2011
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Penguin Random House (Allen Lane)

About the book

Bookcover: The party by Richard McGregor, 2011.

Richard McGregor's The Party has been established as the book on China and its political leadership. It is indispensable to understanding what may soon become the most powerful country on earth, and here is it is newly updated to include material on the once-in-a-decade leadership changes taking place in November 2012.

China's Communist Party is the largest, most powerful political machine in the world. Here, Richard McGregor delves deeply into its inner sanctum, revealing how this secretive cabal keeps control of every aspect of the country—its military and media, legal system and businesses, even its religious organisations. How has the Party merged Marx, Mao and the market to create a global superpower? And what does this mean for the world?