Inside the Red Mansion On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

ISBN-10: 0547053509
ISBN-13: 9780547053509
Edition: 2007
Authors: Oliver August
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Description: The notorious gangster Lai Changxing started out as an illiterate farmer, but, in the tumult of Chinas burgeoning economy, he seized the opportunity to remake himself as a bandit king. A newly minted billionaire of outsize personality and even  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The notorious gangster Lai Changxing started out as an illiterate farmer, but, in the tumult of Chinas burgeoning economy, he seized the opportunity to remake himself as a bandit king. A newly minted billionaire of outsize personality and even greater appetites, he was a living legend who eventually ran afoul of authorities. Journalist Oliver August set out to profile the fugitive Lai. On his quest, he encountered a highly entertaining series of criminals and oddball entrepreneurs-and acquired unique insight into the paradoxes of modern China. Part crime caper, part travelogue, part trenchant cultural analysis, Augusts page-turning account captures Chinas giddy vibe and its darker vulnerabilities. The New York Times praised it as "a colorfully digressive book capitalizing on the thought that understanding the new China is essential to understanding a criminal who could successfully exploit it . . . A year before [it] was due to be published, a handler from the Chinese foreign ministry told Mr. August that he had enjoyed the book. You neednt be a spy to agree."

Oliver August spent seven years in China as the Beijing bureau chief for the Times of London. He was previously the paper s youngest-ever New York correspondent. He now reports from the Middle East.

Prologue
Writers
Petits Bourgeois
The Landlord
Boatmen
Dancing Girls
Three Hands
Villagers
Believers
The Goose Liver King
Bandits
The Madam
Fugitives
Night Traders
Rocket Cadres
The Vice-Minister
Lawyers
The Gambler
The Gambler II
The Officer
Epilogue
Acknowledgments

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