Bad Elements

Bad Elements : Chinese Rebels from LA to Beijing

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'I believe that Communist Party rule will end in China; sooner or later all dynasties do. But when or how, I cannot say...It was with these questions in mind that I travelled through the Chinese-speaking world between 1996 and 2001. There was an unmistakable stink of political, social and moral decay in the People's Republic, the smell of a dynasty at the end of its tether.' Travelling through the US, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China, Ian Buruma tells the personal stories of Chinese rebels who dare to stand up to their rulers. From the exiles of Tiananmen to the hidden Christians in rural China, he brings alive the human dimension to their struggles and reveals the world's most secretive superpower through the eyes of its more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753816997
  • 9780753816998
  • 1,391,547

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Don't forget that Ian Buruma's Bad Elements is also out in paperback: "By unearthing new ways to ask questions and by revealing moving personal stories, he has written an account that is fully alert to the complexities of post-Tiananment China."SUNDAY TIMES "Buruma brings alive the human dimensions to their struggles and reveals the most secretive superpower through the eyes of itsdissidents."SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Ian is also doing publicity to promote his new hardback, INVENTING more

About Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma was born in the Netherlands. He studied Chinese literature in Leyden, and Japanese cinema in Tokyo. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He lives in more

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