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Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang

Bao Pu, Renee Chiang & Adi Ignatius, eds.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781847376978
Pages/Publication Date 306/2009
Daedalus Item Code 24147
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Offering an unprecedented view into the workings of one of the most secretive governments in the world, this memoir of former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang is based on tapes that he recorded during his 16 years of forced seclusion, smuggled out of the country after his death in 2005. Zhao had attempted to bring liberal change to China and, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to prevent a massacre. As China's army finally moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was removed from office and placed under permanent house arrest. Here he records intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown, describes the ploys and double-crosses China's top leaders use to gain advantage over one another, and talks of the necessity for China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability.

"The enormous political value of this book is that it makes a mature call for democracy in a distinctly Chinese voice."Sunday Times (London)

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