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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

The Mechanics' Institute presents a talk by Professor Ezra Vogel on his new book on Deng Xiaoping.

November 8, 2011 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Mao Zedong called him a “needle inside a ball of cotton.” Deng Xiaoping was the committed Communist leader, a survivor of accusations, purges, and exile who confronted and denounced the havoc wreaked by the Cultural Revolution. He’s also the leader who oversaw the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, and who successfully modernized and streamlined an authoritarian state. Through interviews and memoirs, Vogel’s biography examines Xiaoping’s life and legacy, from his birth in 1904 to a rural landlord family in a small village, to his death at the age of 92 as one of the world’s most influential leaders.

Ezra F. Vogel is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and former Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Asia Center.

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