June 3 (Bloomberg) -- More than a century and a half after
it was published, Alexis de Tocqueville’s “The Old Regime and
the Revolution” has become an unlikely best-seller in China.
Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption czar, is reportedly
among the senior leaders obsessed with what he sees as the
book’s cautionary message: that increasing prosperity and
piecemeal political reform didn’t protect France’s pre-revolutionary regime from violent overthrow.