Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang

Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang

Zhao Ziyang Bao Pu Renee Chiang Adi Ignatius / Aug 25, 2019

Prisoner of the State The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings o

  • Title: Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang
  • Author: Zhao Ziyang Bao Pu Renee Chiang Adi Ignatius
  • ISBN: 9781439149386
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China s government It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to that nation and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 198How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China s government It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to that nation and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to stop the massacre and was dethroned for his efforts.When China s army moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was placed under house arrest at his home on a quiet alley in Beijing China s most promising change agent had been disgraced, along with the policies he stood for The premier spent the last sixteen years of his life, up until his death in 2005, in seclusion An occasional detail about his life would slip out reports of a golf excursion, a photo of his aging visage, a leaked letter to China s leaders But China scholars often lamented that Zhao never had his final say.As it turns out, Zhao did produce a memoir in complete secrecy He methodically recorded his thoughts and recollections on what had happened behind the scenes during many of modern China s most critical moments The tapes he produced were smuggled out of the country and form the basis for Prisoner of the State In this audio journal, Zhao provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown he describes the ploys and double crosses China s top leaders use to gain advantage over one another and he talks of the necessity for China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long term stability.The China that Zhao portrays is not some long lost dynasty It is today s China, where the nation s leaders accept economic freedom but continue to resist political change.If Zhao had survived that is, if the hard line hadn t prevailed during Tiananmen he might have been able to steer China s political system toward openness and tolerance.Zhao s call to begin lifting the Party s control over China s life to let a little freedom into the public square is remarkable coming from a man who had once dominated that square Although Zhao now speaks from the grave in this moving and riveting memoir, his voice has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

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    1. Zhao Ziyang, former Chairman of the Communist Party in China, was politically sidelined in May 1989 and went into house arrest as a result of his opposition to the government response to students occupying Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This fascinating personal and secret memoir recorded in the years after his arrest was published only after Zhao’s death in 2005. Bao Pu, son of Zhao’s trusted advisor, secretary, and speech writer, Bao Tong, transcribed, translated, and published the documents [...]

    2. I’m not exactly up on the Chinese history; it’s not a subject that we covered much in school. Most of what I know comes by way of hazy pop culture references and exposure via the slightly counterfactual nature of science fiction and historical fiction. Moreover, having been born and raised subsequent to the Cold War and the height of anti-communist sentiment in the West, not to mention just after the Tienanmen Square incident, the history that features in Prisoner of the State belongs to tha [...]

    3. China is a complicated place. Truth is as malleable as play dough. Whether this work is an accurate depiction of historical events or a place setter in a contrived image, might be the subject of debate. It does give a glimpse into a part of what the political culture might be. The writing is excellent and the story compelling. If nothing else it stimulates our imagination about what our present and future rival is all about.

    4. Brutally, criminally dull. Poor guy gets put under house arrest for having an unpopular opinion, then spends 16 years writing letters to The Powers That Be who assiduously ignore them, and him, until he dies of old age and boredom. No one, but no one, does bureaucracy like the ChiComs.

    5. If the CCP knew I read this book, they'd probably revoke my visa before I got on the plane.Or maybe not. I guess the ultimate lesson of a book like this one is that you never know what the people in power in a country like China are really thinking.Zhao Ziyang was the Premier of China for most of the 1980s, and was the General Secretary of the Communist Party in 1987-1989. That means two things: 1) In the vague, byzantine upper echelon of the Chinese government, he was essentially the number two [...]

    6. Assembled by family and friends of former Premier Zhao Ziyang, for me today, this book is quite valuable for its history of how the Communist Party leadership in China moved from Maoist orthodoxy to pragmatic reform, as exemplified in Zhao's life. Deng Xioaping, the man who twice survived purges, to take command of China during the 80's, turns out to have been surprisingly conservative politically. All this is strikingly relevant today. The same issue Zhao supported, that political reform should [...]

    7. How influence and authority is wielded at the top of the PRC's One Party system, consisting of active and retired members. I got to the point when Li Peng was discussed at some length, and then demoted the book into a very low priority on my "need to complete" list based on my experience with Chinese parents and sons (particularly favored and spoiled ones). FYI, Li Peng is the 1938 (at the age of 3) adopted son of Zhou Enlai; I would venture to guess that Premier Zhou did not have much quality t [...]

    8. One has to be a tad sceptical about a book published posthumously , unauthorised and supposedly translated from transcripts of audio recordings and spirited out of China by persons unknown. On top of that, the book is reputedly based on a journal of a former acting General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and a person whom I considered, and still do, to be the "Last true Chinese Communist"So the question is: Are these the words of Zhou Ziyang? As much as I want them to be I can not bring [...]

    9. This book was a fascinating look into the inner workings of the CCP during the 1980s, specifically during the student protests of 1989, and it is a must-read for any scholar or student of contemporary Chinese history or politics. Although I personally found it riveting, I can certainly understand how non-China Hands might be bored by large parts of it discussing the negotiations of economic policy within the upper levels of the party. The image that Zhao Ziyang's memoir reveals of rival factions [...]

    10. My only, rather big, problem with this book is that it is dreary and dull in writing with an official and documentary tone.I didn't care for the first half of the book where Zhao gives an account of history of Tianamen incidents and the treatment he was dealt by the party politics and Deng Xiaopeng.The second half that is an account of China implementing open door policies and the party politics related to that where more interesting.

    11. If it's not Zhang zi yang, this book will be so dry. I read this together with Louisa Lim's people republic of amnesia to gain the perspective of a leader. Whilst The book certainly does not lack insider's info, it is dully written. It is undoubtedly a compilation of recordings from the late zi yang, but many points were repeated again and again. How I wish that the editor could edit more carefully before publishing.

    12. I followed the student uprisings and the Tiananmen square massacre and always wondered what happened to the one Chinese leader who was against the massacre. Well, this is his book. Not only does it contain his story which had to be secretly transcribed and smuggled out but it has sections by the editors that give background and context for his various chapters. I was impressed with his story and wonder if I would have shown the same courage that he did I really recommend that you read this

    13. This is a fascinating book because it shows the inner operations of the high level Chinese government. What's interesting is that it's much like the high level operations of any major organization -- a lot of maneuvering among the players, idealism and backstabbing all part of the equation. A fantastic book for the historical record.

    14. Zhao Ziyang was a Chinese Premier who tried to bring political and economic development in China. However, he met resistance by Communist Party old guard, with only Deng Xiaoping on his side. He fell after the '89 Tiananmen Incident, in which he was scapegoated for his handling of the events. Throughout the book, I get the impression that Zhao was a communist in name only, for he tried to push for political reform such as freer media, and loosening up of political atmosphere. I wonder, If Zhao h [...]

    15. 花了三十多美元,买了从台湾寄来的中文版。可是,我只读这本书的三分之一,就坚持不下去完成它。阅读这本书如同听一个怨妇在唠唠叨叨家中刻薄的奶奶。我没有这个耐性和时间。我是广东出生的八十后,来了美国购买了很多关于六四事件的历史书。这是我买的第一本从共产党的角度写的历史书。买这本书目的是想了解中国共产党的最高层--政治局常委和邓小平作出武力镇 [...]

    16. This auto-biography of Zhao Ziyang, one of the senior leaders of China during the 1980's and instrumental in effecting significant economic reform, is taken from tapes that he recorded while under house arrest after the Tiananmen Square Massacre in June, 1989. After he recorded these tapes, he divided them up and gave some to each of his loyal friends in the hope that they would eventually be published. Interestingly, another complete copy of the tapes was found on the toy shelves of his grandch [...]

    17. This is a paean to capitalism, secretly taped by the former General Secretary Zhao Ziyang during his years under house arrest, to which he was (never officially) condemned for having objected to the bloody quashing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest.The better incentives that come from enjoying the fruits of your labor, comparative advantage, gains from trade, how to stimulate the economy, how to fight demand-pull inflation etc. are explained much more clearly than Adam Smith, David Ricardo, K [...]

    18. This book is a diary rather than a novel and presents itself as a defense case for the late Premier Zhao Ziyang.Zhao Ziyang was the Chinese Premier at the time of Tiananmen Square protests and the subsequent massacre. He was the only one in the then Chinese leadership who was sympathetic towards the protesting students and went at the site to urge them to call off the strike. He cried and pleaded fearing a violent and brutal backlash from the leadership but to no avail. Because of his actions, Z [...]

    19. Was a very good book. Gave a good insight into the internal workings of power.Narratively the first half reeks of Shakespeare's hamlet and the second half sounds like "house of cards"Entertaining and thought provoking.

    20. The secret journal of Zhao Ziyang, one of the main spearheads of China's economic reforms in the 1980's until he refused to support the use of the army on the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, after which he was purged and kept under house arrest from 1989 to the day he died in January 2005.Zhao was rarely allowed out, but someone managed to get his hands on tapes and a recorder and secretly recorded his memoirs, apparently hiding the tapes from his guards in plane sight amongst his grand child [...]

    21. This unprecedented look inside the inner workings of the sometimes Byzantine political workings of the inner circle of the Communist Party of China leading up to June 4, 1989 (The Tiananmen Square Incident) is quite a read! If you can make it past all the names of the seemingly endless line of Chinese bureaucrats that the author mentions, it is amazing how close China really was to democratic reforms. Deng Xiaoping comes out looking not like the economic savior of modern China (although he is cr [...]

    22. Written from the perspective of an insider who rose to the pinnacle of power, then crashed to the bottom in a state of near non-existence under house arrest due to his actions before, during, and after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Prisoner of the State is an interesting read which offers insights to the inner workings of the Communist government of China. Zhao Ziyang became the Chinese premier and ultimately General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in 1987. He was able to institute s [...]

    23. may be more dangerous in death than he was in life, 1980 premier at 68, June 89 Tiananmen Sq massacre of hundreds Zhao as scapegoat with house arrest for 16 years till death in 05, 30 tapes made, removed from power then brought back in 80, 5.4.1919 communist movement, Gorbachev did not support students and believed govt needed to crack down, students could have used inflation to incite and believed sincerity of students to contribute to reform movement, unsure of ultra left policies of cultural [...]

    24. It was definitely an interesting insight into what was previously a fairly secretive government. However, without a much deeper understanding of and, let's be honest, interest in Chinese politics, a fair portion of the book was skimmed rather than read. I think this would make an interesting companion with another book on Chinese politics and modern history, but it was challenging to read by itself.The most engaging part of the book was definitely the discussion of how Tienanmen happened and why [...]

    25. This insider account of Chinese high politics was fascinating. Zhao Ziyang, former Premier and Communist Party General Secretary who was ousted after opposing the June Fourth 1989 crackdown, kept a secret journal during his house arrest that lasted the rest of his life. His friends sneaked it out of the country sometime around when he died in 2005. The book gave me an interesting impression of Chinese politics as highly personal, completely run among a very small group of insiders. All political [...]

    26. This is not an easy book but is a very decisive one to have a good idea of the circles of power in Beijing and how things happen inside the Chinese Communist Party. Zhao was the cadre of the CCP, sacrificed because of what happened in Tiananmen, in June 1989, as he refused to send the troops to crush the young protests struggling for democracy. And he was sacrificed, considered a traitor to the Party and State. He died as a detainee, a home detainee without being given the chance to defend himse [...]

    27. I am trying to be more objective in my reviews and this book is the first to receive my new objectivity. It could be rated higher based on its fascinating insiders' perspective on Chinese politics and the manuevering of CCP officials and factions. This is the strongest part of the book though I think it will appeal to individuals who spent time in China or political scientists/governance officials. The most interesting sections of the book are those chapters that pertain to June 1989 Tiannanmen [...]

    28. Тайният дневник на Джао Дзъян - човекът, опитал се да предотврати трагедията на Тянънмънknigolandiafo/2010/05/b Признавам, и аз не знаех името на Джао. Но след като прочетох книгата с неговите спомени, не ще го забравя. Китай и партията, която го управлява, са до голяма степен енигма за [...]

    29. As a book, it may not be as interesting to some readers, but as for its unique insight to behind-the-scenes Chinese leadership in the 1980s, it's priceless.I started this around the 15th anniversary of Tiananmen, wanting to get more acquainted with the run-up to Tiananmen instead of just the day-of and the aftermath. It was really good for that, but be aware that about half the book talks about his role in economic reform as well.The last bit talked about different peoples' (Deng, Hu, Zhao) appr [...]

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