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Verdict in Peking: The Trial of the Gang of Four
Verdict in Peking: The Trial of the Gang of Four
By David Bonavia
Putnam, 1984, 225 pp

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.