Roger Garside is the author of China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom, published by University of California Press in May 2021, which predicts the end of totalitarian rule in China and shows how this may happen. He is a former diplomat who served in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution and again from 1976 to 1979, when Mao died and Deng launched the Reform Era. He then wrote the highly acclaimed Coming Alive: China After Mao.

Apart from 20 years in diplomacy, he has worked in the World Bank and the London Stock Exchange, was a Professor of China Studies at the U.S. Navy Post-Graduate School, and spent 10 years running his own company advising countries in transition from state socialism to the market economy on the development of their capital markets, including Russia, Hungary, and Vietnam.

His experience on the frontline of radical change in emerging markets and developed economies has equipped to comment on financial and economic as well as political issues. He has broadcast for the BBC World Service, the BBC Chinese Service, Deutsche Welle, Epoch TV, and VOA, and reviewed books on China for The Economist, Spectator, Prospect, and China Rights Forum.

As of September 2021, China Coup has been reviewed in The Economist, The Washington Post, The Australian, The Strategist, and The Tablet.

Last Updated: September 23, 2021



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