Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic

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Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic

By Bette Bao Lord
Knopf, 1990
245 pp. $19.95

Bette Lord's book is a beautifully written account of the lives of several Chinese, some clansmen and others with whom she became connected while living in Beijing as the wife of former ambassador to China Winston Lord. In its quiet, understated way it is a vivid indictment of the authoritarian regime and a splendid insight into the tumultuous Chinese revolution of the last half-century.

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