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In a live Chats in the Stacks book talk Jeremy Wallace, professor of government, discusses his latest book Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarianism in China (Oxford University Press, 2023). Synthesizing and interpreting the past 40 years of China’s political economy, Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts reveals the consequences of relying on quantifiable indicators such as GDP and fiscal revenue for dictatorships, arguing that while quantification can help convince a populace of a leader’s right to rule, it also comes with its own perils. This talk was hosted by Olin Library.