Life and Death in Shanghai

Life and Death in Shanghai

Book - 1987
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In August 1966 a group of Red Guards ransacked the home of Nien Cheng. Her background made her an obvious target for the fanatics of the Cultural Revolution: educated in London, the widow of an official of Chiang Kaishek's regime, and an employee of Shell Oil, Nien Cheng enjoyed comforts that few of her compatriots could afford. When she refused to confess that any of this made her an enemy of the state, she was placed in solitary confinement, where she would remain for more than six years. Life and Death in Shanghai is the powerful story of Nien Cheng's imprisonment, of the deprivation she endured, of her heroic resistance, and of her quest for justice when she was released. It is the story, too, of a country torn apart by the savage fight for power Mao Tse-tung launched in his campaign to topple party moderates. An incisive, rare personal account of a terrifying chapter in twentieth-century history, Life and Death in Shanghai is also an astounding portrait of one woman's courage. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1987, c1986.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394555485
Branch Call Number: 951.05 CHEN
Characteristics: ix, 547 p. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 11, 2013

A most memorable book I plan to read again. Highly recommended.

Jul 30, 2012

Frightening look at totalitarian state but a wonderful story of one woman's determination. Heard her speak about 15 years ago and she's as captivating as the book

Jul 30, 2012

A riveting first hand account of life in China during the Cultural Revolution.


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