What they reveal is the paranoia that gripped the Chinese rulers when the death of Hu Yaobang sparked public demonstrations that showed no signs of abating. The biggest villain appears to be former Premier Li Peng, the so-called "Butcher of Beijing," who conspires to bring about an aggressive end to the "turmoil." Yet it's Deng Xiaoping, who, although officially long retired, still wields the most power, as he and his fellow Elders intervene to enforce martial law. The moderate Zhao Ziyang favors negotiation and dialogue, but as a consequence is crushed and replaced by Jiang Zemin, the present leader, plucked from obscurity and appointed in defiance of procedure. The gripping scenario that unfolds, in compulsive detail, is akin to parents bickering over the best way to control unruly children, with carrot or stick.
Preceding a much longer Chinese edition, the American editors, Andrew J. Nathan and Perry Link, have performed their duties with acuity and flair, providing a lucid commentary to link the whistle-blowing government papers, minutes of meetings, speeches, eyewitness accounts, poster text, and foreign observations. The Tiananmen Papers affords a wide audience the opportunity to watch the drama unfold, blow by blow. It proves as brilliantly enthralling and explosive as a fictional thriller, allowing a rare snapshot of Chinese Communist Party factionalism in action. --David Vincent, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Zhao Ziyang was a good comrade.
The main point of this review is to give the opinion that this book is not a suitable introduction to Tiananmen for the novice on this subject.
You, from this book, will learn how human our leaders are, and how little we can complain, for us in the same situation would have done worse.
A wonderfulperspective on the 1989 tiananmen massacre. Probably the largest set of primary documents we have on the decision process at the highest levels of the CCP. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christian
This is an important window into the decision-making process of the Communist government in Beijing. Read morePublished on July 19, 2005 by Mr. Chen
There is no way for to know whether this book is full of true documents or fakes. However, several of my friends from the Michigan Business School who are from China believe them... Read morePublished on November 15, 2003 by Craig Matteson
In 1989 Chinese troops turned against their own people, crushing the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in China's history: over ten years later comes the first attempt to... Read morePublished on September 7, 2002 by Midwest Book Review
A review of this book isn't necessary considering the extensive reviews already given, so I will just give you opinion on the book. Read morePublished on June 27, 2002 by Reviewer X
This book provides an excellent study on how governments commit evil. The story it tells is a disappointment (dramatically or theatrically) in that there is no climactic scene in... Read morePublished on May 3, 2002 by Amitava Mazumdar
The Tiananmen Papers really shouldn't have been as controversial as they were--they back up what we already knew, as far as that could be done without access to Chinese archives. Read morePublished on January 15, 2002 by BP
I couldn't agree more about the affair itself -- papers, meetings... every details.
I'm 11 at that time, I knew nothing abuot it but from newspaper and TV, so what? Read more
The book is an interesting story, but unfortunately it is hard to tell whether it is just fiction or a realistic story of the times. Read morePublished on November 6, 2001