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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; First Thus edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888451270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888451276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As 'News Dissector' on Boston radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation..." -- Noam Chomsky

"Few can match Schechter's work as an investigative reporter...(His) keen sense makes him a falcon among hummingbirds." -- Our Town, Portland, OR

"In the era of the incredibly shrinking sound bite, producer Danny Schechter stands apart." -- Associated Press --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Veteran journalist and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Danny Schechter has been reporting on human rights issues for years. He is now the executive producer of Globalvision and executive editor of mediachannel.org. He is the author of News Dissector (Akashic) and The More You Watch, The Less You Know (Seven Stories Press).

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard Harrold on August 24, 2001
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First and foremost, a reader should not mistake this book as being a text on Falun Gong and its tenants. In fact, the book pays only a relatively superficial bit of attention to analyzing the core precepts of Falun Gong. Rather, this book is a description of the Chinese government's and media response to Falun Gong and whether that reaction is rational or justified. From that perspective, the book is quite good. Schechter is quite careful in indicating that while he presents alleged first person narratives of torture going on in China of incarcerated practitioners, those narratives are still alleged descriptions. They have not been verified. And in the appendix, he provides the reader with excerpts from publications that present both benign and critical descriptions of Falun Gong and its founder, Li Hongzhi. What the book is quite exceptional at is showing how the Western media has been lazy in its coverage of the Falun Gong issue in China, often adopting the lexicon of the Chinese government-controlled press, and hence becoming a mere mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. And it also challenges the reader's ability to accept core constitutional precepts, such as if all humans are to enjoy the right of religious/spiritual freedom, than all forms of religious/spiritual thought must enjoy those protections. If it isn't Christian or Jewish, Westerners tend to deride other doctrines as "cults," which only reveals an ethnocentric ignorance and intellectual laziness endemic in Western society. A reader of this text is not asked to decide whether Falun Gong should be considered legitimate. That is quite beside the point. Rather, the reader is asked whether Falun Gong practitioners should be allowed to practice their beliefs without mollestation.Read more ›
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is the most objective and informative writings from the third party on Falun Gong issue that I have seen so far. Unlike many reports and articles that buy-in a lot of Chinese government propaganda and purposely government fabricated stories, the contents in this book are reliable, and has certain deepth to the complicated Falun Gong issue. Also, most news reports superficialy descibed Falun Gong as a meditation system that blend Taoism and Buddhism, this book begin approaching the real context.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "ucyuan" on March 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Among third party books, this is the best I could find so far. When I was a graduate student in University of California at Santa Barbara, I have been looking for a good book from an objective angle on Falun Gong. But at that time this book did not come out. When I got this book, I find it provided almost all of the information that I have spent months the collected from different sources.
Since Falun Gong is amind, body, spiritual system, it may not easy to be really understood with superficial reading. Especially for people already have other spiritual or religious tendency. I myself is a case. But when getting more and more information from books (especially the Falun Gong books), you will find why millions people in China practice Falun Gong and like to do so. Eeven the persecution in China could not stop people doing this.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GW Alumna on April 27, 2006
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While it seems a reasonable review, there isn't the objective coverage of Falun Gong's racist elements that I would expect of a truly objective book. Specifically, biracial children have no place in Heaven. That, and their targeting of the Chinese Communist Party, makes them as welcomed in China as A.N.S.W.E.R. is by the Bush Administration. Falun Gong's racism is enough for them to be thoroughly discredited. Then, there is their intolerance of gays and lesbians. They're a lunatic fringe cult, just like our own Aryan Nation.
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