Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson’s new book, Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future, will be published in September. (May 2023)


Hong Kong from the Inside

Hong Kong from the Inside

Four books about Hong Kong show how the city’s once-thriving culture of political engagement has been obliterated under Chinese control, though it may still retain its position as a global financial capital.

City on the Edge: Hong Kong Under Chinese Rule

by Ho-fung Hung

The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir

by Karen Cheung

Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

by Louisa Lim

Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow the World: What China’s Crackdown Reveals About Its Plans to End Freedom Everywhere

by Mark L. Clifford

August 18, 2022 issue

A Most Adaptable Party

A Most Adaptable Party

The belief that history brought it to power is one of the few ideological constants in the Chinese Communist Party’s hundred-year saga.

From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party

by Tony Saich

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

by Bruce J. Dickson

The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives

edited by Timothy Cheek, Klaus Mühlhahn, and Hans van der Ven

How the Red Sun Rose: The Origin and Development of the Yan’an Rectification Movement, 1930–45

by Gao Hua, translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian

July 1, 2021 issue

The Flowers Blooming in the Dark

The Flowers Blooming in the Dark

Voices from the Chinese Century: Public Intellectual Debate from Contemporary China

edited by Timothy Cheek, David Ownby, and Joshua A. Fogel

Rethinking China’s Rise: A Liberal Critique

by Xu Jilin, translated from the Chinese and edited by David Ownby

Minjian: The Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals

by Sebastian Veg

March 26, 2020 issue

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