Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China's Gulag

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Throughout this stunning chronicle are moving stories of the prisoners who became Wu's trusted friends. The gentle, lute-playing Ao, unblinking in his insistence on the dignity of humanity, serves as a beacon in the moral abyss of the camps. Handsome and virile Lu, tormented by unfulfilled longing for a woman's touch, is driven to insanity and finally suicide. Buffeted by the worst horrors of the Chinese communist tragedy, these poignant figures provide a rare, detailed portrait of the depths of human despair. Released from prison in 1979, Harry Wu was eventually allowed to leave China for the United States. But his story does not end there. Determined to expose the truth of the gulag, he returned to China in 1991 with a "60 Minutes" news crew. Posing as a U.S. businessman buying prison goods, he risked his life by smuggling a hidden camera into the camps and capturing on film, for the first time, haunting images of life behind those forbidding walls

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There's something appealing to me about the bleak and austere. I suppose it is my basically Stoic/Buddhist mindset and its emphasis on daily acknowledgement of life's fleetingness--memento mori--that ... Read full review

BITTER WINDS: A Memoir of My Years in China's Gulag

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Nineteen years in Mao's labor camps—as chronicled by Wu (resident scholar at the Hoover Institution) and Wakeman (To the Storm—not reviewed). When the Communist forces took Shanghai in 1948, Wu ... Read full review


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