Almost A Revolution

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Almost A Revolution

By Shen Tong
Houghton Mifflin, 1990
342 pp. $19.95

After a plethora of books by Western journalists, Tong provides a much needed insider's account of the events leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre. As a student at Beijing University and a leader of the 1989 prodemocracy movement, Tong was in an excellent position to view firsthand those heady weeks. He describes the infighting of the student organizations, as well as the determination and courage of the students and the Chinese people who supported their cause. More important, his book reinforces the argument, contrary to Chinese government assertions, that the prodemocracy movement was spontaneous and unplanned.

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