The Gate of Heavenly Peace by Jonathan Spence

"The Gate of Heavenly Peace" is a comprehensive historical analysis of China from the 1890s through the 1980s, focusing on the intellectual and political movements that shaped the country. The book explores the complex interplay between tradition and modernity, and the often tumultuous relationship between the Chinese people and their leaders. It delves into the lives and thoughts of key figures in Chinese history, providing a nuanced understanding of the forces that have shaped China's trajectory.

The 2438th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 163

Since this book was first published in 1981, there is a penalty of 11.2%. The age adjusted score is 144.74.

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