Life and Death in Shanghai

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Grove Press, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 547 pages
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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.

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Cheng's widely acclaimed book recounts in compelling specifics her persecution and imprisonment at the hands of Mao Zedong's "Cultural Revolution'' (1966-1976). Inquisitors accused her of being a "spy ... Read full review

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I felt compelled to review this book when I saw so many 3 stars. I felt this was an outstanding autobiography and really a true glance into Mao's reign. I visited Shanghai soon after reading this book and though nearly 40 years after Nien's experience it helped enlighten me prior to my trip. And I'm glad I was prepared before seeing current day communism at work. I soon left the company I was working for at the time as I couldn't bear to continue to support the lack of humane work environments I saw going on in our manufacturing facilites. I hope all will read this book and be thankful for the freedoms we still fight to keep daily in the USA.  


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