The Empire of Lies: The Truth about China in the Twenty-first Century

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Encounter Books, 2008 - History - 267 pages
Before the totalitarian reign of Mao Zedong and his immediate successors, never in human history had an entire nation been under such intense surveillance. The Chinese not only had to speak alike; they had to think alike. Traveling to China regularly since 1967, and spending all of 2005 and 2006 there, Guy Sorman saw it all, and in this jaw-dropping book, he documents the horrifying stories of China through the 21st century. He shows how the Party's primary concern is not improving the lives of the downtrodden; it seeks power more than it seeks social development. It expends extraordinary energy in suppressing Chinese freedoms-the media operate under suffocating censorship, and political opposition can result in expulsion or prison-even as it tries to seduce the West, which has conferred greater legitimacy on it than do the Chinese themselves.
 

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The author traveled through mainland China for a year, talking to religious and political dissenters and to the 80 percent of the population that has been left out of the "Chinese miracle". He paints ... Read full review

Contents

The Dissenters
1
Wild Grass
27
The Mystics
49
The Dispossessed
73
The Downtrodden
99
Skewed Development
117
Shadows of Democracy
139
The Savage State
159
The End of the Party
183
The Republicans
215
A Moral
235
Acknowledgments
243
Bibliography
245
Guy Sorman
255
INDEX
257
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