BAD ELEMENTS : CHINESE REBELS FROM LOS ANGELES TO BEIJING

BAD ELEMENTS : CHINESE REBELS FROM LOS ANGELES TO BEIJING

By: Buruma, Ian

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A highly collectible first edition/printing, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-library or a book of the month club edition. Myths abound about China: all Chinese everywhere are united in a community of enduring culture; Western-style democracy is unsuited to China, as it would bring only chaos and the disruption of unity. In this brilliant report of his encounters with Chinese dissidents, rebels and democrats those blessed or cursed with "sheer cussedness" veteran journalist Buruma (The Wages of Guilt, etc.) brings into question such generalizations. There are, it seems, many Chinas and many Chinese willing to risk all in the name of individual freedom and the rule of law. In the U.S., Buruma visits exiled veterans of the 1989 Tiananmen protests who have adjusted well to their new lives and older exiles lost in the impatient busyness of America. He travels to Singapore an antiseptic and intolerant blend of the market and one-party rule where dissidents risk not only prison but extreme marginalization within a conformist society. He then moves on to Taiwan, with its lively if banal democracy (of banners and campaign buttons and staged rallies) and the men and women who, under the island's Nationalist Party rule, faced lifetimes of torture, prison and exile to bring democracy to life, and then to Hong Kong, where democrats try to keep the rule of law alive under China's new rulership. Finally, he travels to the center, the motherland, China. Buruma detects the stench of political decay as the Communist Party drifts into dangerous irrelevance, but ami.

Title: BAD ELEMENTS : CHINESE REBELS FROM LOS ANGELES TO BEIJING

Author Name: Buruma, Ian

Categories: General Non-Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: Random House: 2001

ISBN Number: 0679457682

ISBN Number 13: 9780679457688

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: F/NF

Seller ID: RWARE0000007957