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China's fate : a people's turbulent struggle with reform and repression, 1980-1990
Gargan, Edward A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 1991.

Physical Description:
xxviii, 340 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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DS779.26 .G36 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This vivid dossier by a former New York Times Beijing bureau chief contrasts the China of America's collective imagination--a ``beautiful and mysterious land,'' by Henry Kissinger's reckoning--with the brutal reality of a backward country where political hysteria, ruthless persecution and imprisonment are commonplace. Gargan blasts the Bush and Reagan administrations' China policy, which has basically ignored human rights considerations and gives valuable, personal accounts of China's repressions in Tibet, of the Tiananmen Square bloodbath and of the thousands of arbitrary arrests following the massacre. Four decades of Communist Party rule have effaced much of what is distinctly Chinese about China, Gargan concludes. His interviews with dissident students, impoverished villagers, writers, cab drivers and prostitutes give a sharp sense of a people yearning for change. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The popular American view of China in the 1980s as an enlightened example of Communism did not survive the 1989 Beijing Massacre. Gargan, a former New York Times correspondent, portrays contemporary China as an economically backward police state. Through a judicious blend of social analysis and first-person reporting, he conveys the curious mixture of individual hope and social malaise that was China during the 1980s, when prosperity seemed the prelude to political reform. While much of this book is rather pedestrian, two parts stand out. Gargan's fury suffuses his story of the tragic fate of Tibet whose civilization and culture were ravished by the Chinese. His eyewitness account of the June 1989 Beijing Massacre is a harrowing and compelling narrative. Scornful of the Bush administration's timid approach to China, Gargan is profoundly pessimistic about its future. For all general collections.-- Steven I. Levine, Duke Univ., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.