All Book Reviews

By , March 4, 2012

Below is a list of the China-related books that China Law & Policy has reviewed.  Included below are the CL&P rating and a link to the review.  Check back periodically as we read more books and update this list.

Lost in the Cold War: The Story of Jack Downey, America’s Longest-Held POW

by John T. Downey, Thomas Christensen, and John Lee Downey (2022)
CL&P Review: January 4, 2024
Rating: ★★★★½

Agents of Subversion: The Fate of John T. Downey and the CIA’s Covert War in China

by John Delury (2022)
CL&P Review: January 4, 2024
Rating: ★★★★☆

Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control

by Josh Chin and Liza Lin (2022)
CL&P Review: August 14, 2023
Rating: ★★★½☆

Tiananmen: The Rape of Peking

by Michael Fathers & Andrew Higgins (1989)
CL&P Review: May 30, 2023
Rating: ★★★★★

Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

by Louisa Lim (2022)
CL&P Review: Oct. 6, 2022
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century

by Bruce J. Dickson (2021)
CL&P Review: Nov. 11, 2021
Rating: ★★★★½

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity”

by Philippe Sands (2016)
CL&P Review: July 13, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★

Recovering Histories: Life and Labor After Heroin in Reform-Era China

by Nicholas Bartlett (2020)
CL&P Review: April 6, 2021
Rating: ★★★★☆

Green Island: A Novel

by Shawna Yang Ryan (2018)
CL&P Review: February 27, 2021
Rating: ★★★★☆

Peking Diary: A Year of Revolution

by Derk Bodde (1950)
CL&P Review: January 26, 2021
Rating: ★★★★☆

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

by Barbara Demick (2020)
CL&P Review: December 21, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

by Leta Hong Fincher (2018)
CL&P Review: January 19, 2020
Rating: ★★★★½

The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution 

by Peter Hessler (2019)
CL&P Review: August 20, 2019
Rating: ★★★★½

Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West

by Peter Hessler (2013)
CL&P Review: March 17, 2019
Rating: ★★★★☆

City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai

by Paul French (2018)
CL&P Review: September 27, 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown

by Lauren Hilgers (2018)
CL&P Review: July 9, 2018
Rating: ★★★★½

Beijing Bastard: Coming of Age in a Changing China

By Val Wang (2014)
CL&P Review: December 8, 2015
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

  By Louisa Lim (2014)
  CL&P Review: June 3, 2015
  Rating: ★★★★★

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

By Leta Hong Fincher (2014)
CL&P Review: July 18, 2014
Rating: ★★★★½

Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing

By Ian Buruma (2001)
CL&P Review: October 17, 2013
Rating: ★★★½☆

Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence

By Rachel Stern (2013)
CL&P Review: May 2, 2013
Rating: ★★★★½

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

By Simon Winchester (2008)
CL&P Review: Mar. 25, 2013
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories – China from the Bottom Up

By Liao Yiwu (2009)
CL&P Review: Oct. 10, 2012
Rating: ★★★½☆

The Fat Years: A Novel

By Chan Koonchung (2012)
CL&P Review: June 3, 2012
Rating: ★★★☆☆


Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young English Woman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

By Paul French (2012)
CL&P Review: May 28, 2012
Rating: ★★★★½

Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, An American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing

By Jim Yardley (2012)
CL&P Review: April 18, 2012
Rating: ★★★★☆

Life & Death in Shanghai

By Nien Cheng (1987)
CL&P Review: May 8, 2011
Rating: ★★★★★

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962

By Frank Diotter (2010)
CL&P Review: April 18, 2011
Rating: ★★★½☆

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

By Peter Hessler (2010)
CL&P Review: February 10, 2010
Rating: ★★★★☆

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