Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Plenums of the Communist Party’s Central Committee are normally dull affairs that slip by largely unnoticed. Yet the sixth plenum of this National Congress, held in Beijing last month, was notable for the historical resolution it passed, only the third in the Party’s history. The document cemented Xi Jinping’s position as Party ‘core’, and Xi Thought as “the essence of the Chinese culture and China’s spirit.” As such, China’s leader has prematurely closed the history books, placing the Xi era in the pantheon alongside those of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. A ream of recent books shed new light on the history that is being made (and rewritten) apace in China. Topping our list is Ai Weiwei’s long-awaited memoir, previously excerpted by The Wire, followed by books on Hong Kong’s fight, China’s 1970s, and views of the nation’s present and past all the way through to sci-fi visions of its future. As an Amazon Associate, The Wire earns from qualifying purcSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.