I’m fairly focused on China (studied China in university, speak Mandarin, live in China, read about 50 books on/about China during the past 10 years).
While there are plenty of books that can give you a general feel or a broad understanding of some trends in society (Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, China in Ten Words, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation), and there are a few books regarding specific parts of the government/policy (The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China, Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century, When A Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind Or Destroy It), I don’t know of many books that are focusing specifically on authoritarianism. I suspect that there are quite a few journal articles from political science scholars who focus on Chinese government/governance.
One assumption I have here is that you only/primarily would read in English. If you can read in Chinese, then there is a far more vast swath of literature available from Hong Kong and from Taiwan about China.
Thanks for these recommendations and comments!
In case the following info is useful to other readers:
Age of Ambition, China in Ten Words, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, and Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China are available as audiobooks
It seems that China’s Millennials, Wealth and Power, and When A Billion Chinese Jump aren’t
The Party sounds quite relevant to my interests, so I expect I’ll read that in the coming months, and maybe later Out of Mao’s Shadow and/or China in Ten Words. I already read Age of Ambition and found it interesting.
And yes, unfortunately I can only read and speak English.