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An electrifying memoir by the blind Chinese activist who inspired millions with the story of his fight for justice and his belief in the cause of freedom

It was like a scene out of a thriller: one morning in April 2012, China’s most famous political activist—a blind, self-taught lawyer—climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. Days later he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, and only a furious round of high-level negotiations made it possible for him to leave China and begin a new life in the United States.

Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable than anyone knew. The son of a poor farmer in rural China, blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood. But despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself and fight for the rights of his country’s poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations and abortions under the hated “one child” policy. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. After nearly two years of increasing danger, he evaded his captors and fled to freedom.

Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, The Barefoot Lawyer tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this brave and undaunted book, Guangcheng proves himself the very best kind of troublemaker…A gritty and insanely inspiring story of a man who has been through Hell and come out smiling, The Barefoot Lawyer represents the ultimate victory over cynicism and cruelty. Tyrants, beware!”

    Christian Bale

  • “[A] riveting memoir…Chen has an excellent sense of pace and attention to detail, and he knows how to fill in the cultural gaps for those less familiar with China. The result is an eminently readable, albeit chilling memoir that will grip the attention of readers everywhere.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An astonishing story of one man’s fight to overcome personal odds for himself and for the cause of justice for the citizens of his nation.


  • Tense and tightly written, [The Barefoot Lawyer] is a suspenseful window onto Chen’s struggle, with disaster constantly on the horizon.… Richly layered and vibrant, Chen’s stirring tale of bravery and perseverance in the face of oppression is a moving call to arms for the ideas of human dignity and the rule of law.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Chen Guangcheng has a life story unlike any other you will ever read. His memoir—eloquent, accessible, and necessary—is not only about his improbable path to prominence as a human-rights activist in China. It is, above all, about the universal power of will.”

    Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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