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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Broad Press USA (July 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932674365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932674361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Gao... is one of the most well-known dissidents in China. An outspoken government critic... he has taken on cases that many Chinese lawyers would not dare touch. --The New York Times

Often it is the lawyers who are in the front line of freedom and this is the difficult position that Gao Zhisheng has occupied in China. His story is a reminder of how far China has to go to achieve some degree of justice and respect for individual freedom, and how much it will owe Gao Zhisheng and people like him when it eventually gets there. --Professor Conor Gearty, Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics

Gao Zhisheng is a man who represents China's Rights Defense movement. The work of Mr. Gao and fellow rights defenders has seriously shaken the oppressive political system of the Chinese Communist Party... Their work has brought hope to distressed and poverty-stricken people in China. Reading this collection helps to better understand him and the cause of rights defenders. --Wei Jingsheng, prominent democracy activist who served 18 years in Chinese prisons

About the Author

Gao Zhisheng rose from utter poverty to become one of China s most acclaimed lawyers and a leading advocate for the oppressed. Life took a most unlikely turn in 1991 when Gao happened to learn, while selling vegetables by the roadside, that the country was looking to train new lawyers. Though possessed only a middle-school education, Gao taught himself law and passed the national bar examination in 1995.
Gao made headlines in 1999 by winning the largest medical malpractice lawsuit in Chinese history. In 2001, China's Ministry of Justice named him one of the nation's top-ten attorneys. A Christian, Gao has since become known for his tenacious pursuit of justice on behalf of China's most vulnerable from exploited coal miners to democracy advocates, the poor, and victims of religious persecution.
In 2005 Gao wrote a series of open letters to China s authorities detailing his investigation into the torture of members of the Falun Gong. Thereafter he found himself besieged, as he put it, by infuriated Party rulers. Gao's Beijing law firm was soon after shut down, his family put under surveillance, and attempts made on his life. In 2006 he initiated a series of hunger strikes that involved thousands worldwide.
Gao's maltreatment by the Chinese regime has been the subject of formal resolutions by the United States Congress and the European Parliament. Rights groups such as Amnesty International have campaigned to ensure his welfare. He has been featured by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian and many other prominent media.
In 2006 Gao became the recipient of the Chinese Liberal Culture Movement's Special Human Rights Award, the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Foundation's Human Rights Champion Award, and in 2007 was awarded the American Board of Trial Advocates Courageous Advocacy Award. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diana Archer on November 3, 2007
It seems this was a book that needed to be written- the author says that "the burden that I feel forces me to think and compels me to act, to pick up my pen." How many of us in the protected environment of the US do not have the courage to speak out against the Chinese Communist regime, not wanting to upset the trade and business arrangements, not wanting to bring problems to our lives by angering people at the consulate, how many elected officials bend to the demands of the Communist officials? And yet inside the country where tyranny reigns Gao Zhisheng speaks what needs to be said. What courage! I recommend this book to all free people in the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Chinn on October 25, 2007
An insiders view of the highly misunderstood modern China. Gao's dedication to "making a change" against all odds is truly amazing. Highly recommended read for those who are tired of spoon-fed "China hype" and want to get the real story from within.

Kudos to the translators. Often books that are translated from Chinese tend to be very "Chinglish". "A China More Just" reads as if it was written in English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kent Mckinney on June 14, 2008
This author must be one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Simply and elegantly written, yet he paints a vivid and clear picture. He is sincere, and what he has discovered is probably unknown to most people - that makes it quite a fascinating read! I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Zifcak on November 18, 2007
With honesty and heart attorney Gao Zhisheng shares his experiences as a trial attorney and rights advocate in China. His wit and good humor make the book an enjoyable read. His insight into China's judicial system and analysis of China's communist rulers is of enormous value and weight. Why? Because of his vast experience as an attorney and advocate (which he shares in excellent anecdotes), but most importantly, because he is not afraid of how the ruling authorities respond to his criticism. At a time when China scholars consciously or unconsciously please the Communist regime, Gao boldly speaks the truth, for that he has faced harassment, monitoring, and imprisonment. China's rulers are afraid of the world knowing what attorney Gao has to say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy H. McGhee on August 8, 2010
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This memoir is a fascinating window on the
excesses and mechanics of Chinese corruption and totalitarianism.
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