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Daughter of China: A True Story of Love and Betrayal.

Xu, Meihong and Larry Engelmann.

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ISBN 10: 0471356735 / ISBN 13: 9780471356738
Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, 8vo, 349pp, maroon boards, gilt lettering on spine, in pictorial dustjacket. Signed by author on title page. Near Fine with minimal wear, in Near Fine dustjacket with very light wear to spine ends. "Meihong Xu grew up during the upheaval of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and was inducted into the People's Liberation Army at the age of seventeen. Selected as one of the country's best and brightest, she became a member of the elite intelligence corps and was asked to spy on visiting professor Larry Engelmann, who had unwittingly drawn the suspicion of the Chinese authorities. But as she got to know him, she realized her old loyalties were gradually being divided. When their friendship was discovered, she was arrested, beaten, interrogated, and imprisoned. Engelmann was accused of raping Meihong Xu, shown her written accusation (forged by her interrogators), and ordered to leave the country or face immediate arrest. This is their stunning story. An astonishing testament to the enduring resilience of love and the human spirit in the face of even the most oppressive, hopeless conditions, Daughter of China achieves a rare and seamless combination of intimate memoir, clandestine spy story, and heartfelt romance." - from the dj flap. Bookseller Inventory # 2849

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Title: Daughter of China: A True Story of Love and ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The critically acclaimed memoir of a forbidden love affair in communist China

"An important work."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Riveting."-Kirkus Reviews

"This memoir is a must-read."-San Jose Mercury News

Now in paperback, here is the stunning true tale of a remarkable woman trained as an elite soldier in the Chinese army, her forbidden love for an American, and her seemingly impossible escape-with his help-from the nation to which she had pledged her life. An astonishing testament to the enduring resilience of love and the human spirit in the face of even the most oppressive, hopeless conditions, Daughter of China offers a compelling look at life inside the rigid walls of Communist China, revealing in fascinating detail Meihong Xu's inculcation into the system-a process so effective that she would willingly betray a friend or family member to prove her loyalty. Written with clear-eyed candor and stark eloquence, Daughter of China is at once a timeless, deeply moving story of a prohibited love affair and a dramatic depiction of life under Chinese Communism.

About the Author:

Meihong Xu joined the People's Liberation Army when she was seventeen and received her B.A. from the Institute of International Relations in Nanjing. Larry Engelmann is a professor of history at San Jose State University and a journalist. He is also the author of four previous books, including the New York Times Notable Book, The Goddess and the American Girl. They both live in San Jose, California.

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