Almost a Revolution: The Story of a Chinese Student's Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen

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In his groundbreaking memoir about China's democracy movement and the massacre at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, student leader Shen Tong offers us a rare look at a bold and daring new generation of Chinese citizens who tried to protest the restraints imposed by their country's government. An organizer of the "dialogue delegation," whose goal was to negotiate with the government, Shen provides an insider's record of the day-to-day decisions that led up to June 4th. Written with the help of journalist Marianne Yen, the result is both a powerful documentary and a sensitive account of growing up in contemporary China.
Now nearly ten years later as our fascination with post-Deng China continues to develop, Shen's story and the updated material he provides are weighted with increasing significance. Coupled with much of the recent analysis, Shen's firsthand account vividly contextualizes the Chinese government's opposition to democracy and offers meaningful insight into a country that promises to occupy an increasingly prominent position in the world.
"A cause for celebration . . . an important contribution to China's newly discovered historical memory." --New York Times Book Review
Shen Tong is a doctoral student in political sociology at Boston University and the founder of the Democracy for China Fund, which aims to support and publicize dissent networks in China. Marianne Yen is a former New York correspondent for the Washington Post.

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Shen Tong was a student leader in China's pro-democracy movement whose dreams were crushed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Told with modesty and wisdom, written with former Washington Post reporter Yen, his remarkable autobiography is also a spiritual history of China's struggle for human rights. The first half of the book is straightforward, limpid narrative. His parents, reluctant members of the People's Liberation Army, are labeled "counterrevolutionary collaborators" for copying political poems. He discovers Beethoven, Gandhi, Einstein and sexual love. The book's second half is a heartbreaking and electrifying journal of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the two months of protests leading up to it. Now living near Boston, Shen Tong saw firsthand what others have since confirmed: most of the thousands gunned down on the approaches to the square were not students but workers. No one who cares about modern China should miss this document. Photos. Author tour.
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