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“What freedom the Chinese people now enjoy has come only because individuals have demanded and fought for it, and because the party has retreated in the face of such pressure,” Pan writes. The dream of a completely free society, however, has not yet accompanied a free marketâ€"despite the growing efforts of everyday men and women fighting the system. Through detailed and illuminating interviews with artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and peasants, Pan reveals a country filled with local government corruption, human rights violations, and collusion between the Party and the private sector. While Pan’s exposé on China left a few critics feeling hopeless, most took away a more optimistic message about China’s future. In either event, they agreed thatOut of Mao’s Shadowachieves “the immediacy of first-rate reportage and the emotional depth of field of a novel” (New York Times).
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ISBN-10:  1416537066
ISBN-13:  978-1416537069
Author:  Philip P. Pan
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
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review by . April 01, 2011
   I recently spent two weeks in Beijing after working with a team of half-dozen or so co-workers there for five years via phone, email, and instant message.  The trip was an eye-opener.  One of my most important moments was having a lively discussion about "The Social Network", the Oscar-winning movie about the founding of Facebook.  My co-worker had seen the movie, and had apparently read some about the history as well, and had some interesting opinions about …
review by . July 02, 2010
There were parts of Out of Mao's Shadow that reminded me of those ambiguous shadow pictures that look like one thing one minute, and then, when you look again, become something else. In Out of Mao's Shadow Phillip Pan covers a lot of ground, the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government's rewriting and coverup of history, SARS, the AIDS scandal and most of all, the rise of the New China.     The rise of the New China is on our minds lately for the obvious reason that the "sleeping …
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