Verdict in Peking: The Trial of the Gang of Four

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Verdict in Peking: The Trial of the Gang of Four

By David Bonavia
Putnam, 1984
225 pp. $17.95
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By skillfully utilizing the official transcripts of the trial of the Gang of Four, one of the West's leading China-watchers has put together a compelling account of the dark intrigue and the deadly struggle for power that marked Mao's waning years. There are many valuable insights into Chinese politics in a moment of crisis, and a good deal of information on the structure of Chinese society, the system of law and punishment, and the channels of information.