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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Electronic Leaks in the Great Wall

Excerpt: Jonathan Mirsky reviews

Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang
translated from the Chinese and edited by Bao Pu, Renee Chiang, and Adi Ignatius, with a foreword by Roderick MacFarquhar

Simon and Schuster, 306 pp., $26.00

Prisoner of the State is the secretly recorded memoir of Zhao Ziyang, once holder of China's two highest Party and state positions and the architect of the economic reforms that have brought the country to the edge of great-power status. The book has had much attention in the West. Inside China, despite official attempts to denigrate and block any news of it on the Internet, it is already having a powerful effect. This effect will increase as Chinese tourists from the mainland buy the Chinese edition of the book in Hong Kong.

link: China's Dictators at Work: The Secret Story - The New York Review of Books


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