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Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang

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andlt;Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Prisoner of the State andlt;/Iandgt;is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to China and who was dethroned at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 for trying to stop the massacre. Zhao spent the last years of his life under house arrest. An occasional detail about his life would slip out, but scholars and citizens lamented that Zhao never had his final say.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But Zhao did produce a memoir, secretly recording on audio tapes the real story of what happened during modern Chinaand#8217;s most critical moments. He provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown, describes the ploys and double crosses used by Chinaand#8217;s leaders, and exhorts China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability. His riveting, behind-the-scenes recollections form the basis of andlt;Iandgt;Prisoner of the Stateandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is todayand#8217;s China, where its leaders accept economic freedom but resist political change. Zhao might have steered Chinaand#8217;s political system toward openness and tolerance had he survived. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave, his voice still has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

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Premier Zhao Ziyang reveals the secret workings of China's government behind the Tiananmen massacre--and recounts why he was deposed for trying to stop it.

Synopsis:

Prisoner of the State is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to China and who was dethroned at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 for trying to stop the massacre. Zhao spent the last years of his life under house arrest. An occasional detail about his life would slip out, but scholars and citizens lamented that Zhao never had his final say.

But Zhao did produce a memoir, secretly recording on audio tapes the real story of what happened during modern China’s most critical moments. He provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown, describes the ploys and double crosses used by China’s leaders, and exhorts China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability. His riveting, behind-the-scenes recollections form the basis of Prisoner of the State.

The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is today’s China, where its leaders accept economic freedom but resist political change. Zhao might have steered China’s political system toward openness and tolerance had he survived. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave, his voice still has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

About the Author

ZHAO ZIYANGandnbsp;was the Premier of China from 1983 until 1987 when he became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, a position he held until 1989 when he was deposed and put under house arrest until his death in 2005.Adi Ignatius is an American journalist who covered China for andlt;i andgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt; during the Zhao Ziyang era. He is currently editor in chief of the Harvard Business Review.Adi Ignatius is an American journalist who covered China for andlt;i andgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt; during the Zhao Ziyang era. He is currently editor in chief of the Harvard Business Review.Bao Pu, a political commentator and veteran human rights activist, is a publisher and editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong. Bao Pu, a political commentator and veteran human rights activist, is a publisher and editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439149393
Author:
Zhao, Ziyang
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Editor:
Bao, Pu
Editor:
Pu, Bao
Editor:
Ignatius, Adi
Editor:
Chiang, Renee
Author:
Ignatius, Adi
Author:
Ziyang, Zhao
Author:
Pu, Bao
Author:
Chiang, Renee
Author:
MacFarquhar, Roderick
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Political
Subject:
China - History - T
Subject:
China--Politics and government--1976-2002
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8pp b/w insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 12.705 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Premier Zhao Ziyang reveals the secret workings of China's government behind the Tiananmen massacre--and recounts why he was deposed for trying to stop it.
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Prisoner of the State is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to China and who was dethroned at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 for trying to stop the massacre. Zhao spent the last years of his life under house arrest. An occasional detail about his life would slip out, but scholars and citizens lamented that Zhao never had his final say.

But Zhao did produce a memoir, secretly recording on audio tapes the real story of what happened during modern China’s most critical moments. He provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown, describes the ploys and double crosses used by China’s leaders, and exhorts China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability. His riveting, behind-the-scenes recollections form the basis of Prisoner of the State.

The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is today’s China, where its leaders accept economic freedom but resist political change. Zhao might have steered China’s political system toward openness and tolerance had he survived. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave, his voice still has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

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