Liu Binyan's autobiography is the poignant story of a journalist who made the mistake of trying to tell the truth in Mao's China. For a while he was the most admired investigative reporter in the country. But he was purged in the Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957, rehabilitated in 1979 after 21 years in internal exile, and purged again in 1987. He now lives in the United States. In this book he provides the fascinating details of a society in which an idealistic dream to build a freer and more just China was perverted by an all-powerful bureaucracy that could not tolerate a free press.
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