The Corner

Re: The Chinese Joe McCarthy

Andrew: Right on. Becker’s book is essential reading for anyone who wants

to understand modern Chinese history. For my review of it, see here. Because I have written about China a lot, people often ask me if I am a China pessimist or

a China optimist. Answer: pessimist, for as long as Mao’s portrait looks

down from Tian An Men.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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