Treason by the Book

ISBN-10: 0142000418

ISBN-13: 9780142000410

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Shortly before noon on October 28, 1728, General Yue Zhongqi, the most powerful military and civilian official in northwest China, was en route to his headquarters. Suddenly, out of the crowd, a stranger ran toward Yue and passed him an envelope-an envelope containing details of a treasonous plot to overthrow the Manchu government. This thrilling story of a conspiracy against the Qing dynasty in 1728 is a captivating tale of intrigue and a fascinating exploration of what it means to rule and be ruled. Once again, Jonathan Spence has created a vivid portrait of the rich culture that surrounds a most dramatic moment in Chinese history. "An infectiously readable narrative . . . on a par with bestselling works of historical reconstruction such as Dava Sobel's Longitude . . . Eighteenth-century China springs to life." (The Dallas Morning News) "A slice of history told in the lively manner of a novel." (Ian Buruma, The New York Times Book Review) "A work of history that pulses with emotion, with vital characters re-created vividly, with complex situations lucidly unraveled, with irony underscored. His straightforward prose style and use of the historic present give his work an engrossing immediacy. It is history of the best kind." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Letter
The General
The Emperor
The Messenger's Trail
In Hunan
The Phoenix Song
Talking Back
Summer Lessons
The Pardon
The Solitary Bell
Coauthors
The Source
Sounds of Discord
Spreading the Word
Transformations
Retribution
A Note on the Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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