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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip P. Pan Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Prize-winning journalist Philip P. Pan offers an unprecedented inside look at the momentous battle underway for China's future. On one side is the entrenched party elite, determined to preserve its authoritarian grip on power. On the other is a collection of lawyers, journalists, entrepreneurs, activists, hustlers, and dreamers striving to build a more tolerant, open, and democratic China. The outcome of this dramatic, hidden struggle will shape China's rise to superpower status - and determine how it affects the rest of the world.

From factories in the rusting industrial northeast to a tabloid newsroom in the booming south, from a small-town courtroom to the plush offices of the nation's wealthiest tycoons, Pan speaks with men and women fighting and sacrificing for change. An elderly surgeon exposes the government's cover-up of the SARS epidemic. A filmmaker investigates the execution of a student in the Cultural Revolution. A blind man is jailed for leading a crusade against forced abortions carried out under the one-child policy.

Out of Mao's Shadow offers a startling perspective on China and its remarkable transformation, challenging conventional wisdom about the political apathy of the Chinese people and the notion that prosperity leads automatically to freedom. Like David Remnick's Lenin's Tomb, this is the moving story of a nation in transition, of a people coming to terms with their past. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/5/2014

    " This book is phenomenal -- well researched, very well written, and Pan does his best to provide a balanced perspective, although there's little in China's CCP policies that are really "fair." Completely heartbreaking but essential people, stories, issues and recent breakthroughs in China's modern history. An essential read for anyone looking to understand China's current political and social climate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting. I'm more scared about being China now than I was when I was there! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris Mcmanaman | 11/24/2013

    " Very good book on what it is like to live in an Authoritarian state trying to adapt to capitalism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samuel Doyon | 9/20/2013

    " Very good introduction to the abuses of one party communist rule in China from Mao to Hu Jintao. Covers the tragedies of the Rightist purge, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the one child policy. The author is very pro-democracy, so don't expect a neutral perspective. "

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About the Author

Philip P. Pan is the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Moscow and the newspaper’s former Beijing bureau chief. During his tour in China from 2000 to 2007, he won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in international reporting, the Overseas Press Club’s Bob Considine Award for best newspaper interpretation of international affairs, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for excellence in Journalism on Asia. He lives with his wife and son in Moscow.