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“A gripping telling of the incident that would make for a great thriller novel—if it weren't all true.”
“As a lurid tale of wealthy and powerful people behaving badly, the authors’ account of what has been unfolding in China since November 2011 can’t be beat.”
“A true-crime murder mystery from 2011 set in a remote Chinese city, with an outsized impact on governance of the vast nation . The authors weave a fascinating, dark narrative web.”
“This deeply knowledgeable account of the rise and fall of regional Communist Party boss Bo Xilai (whose wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted of Heywood’s murder) by veteran journalists Ho and Huang reveals the weaknesses of top party leadership . The authors unravel the myriad threads of politburo-level power struggles—which make the Borgias look like rank amateurs—weaving together a narrative that includes obscene wealth and corruption, orgies, and totaled Ferraris on the streets of Beijing. This expert account is bolstered by the authors’ willingness to admit that the story is so complex that ‘unless Heywood’s spirit can find a medium, the whole truth about the November 15 murder may never be known.’”
“The authors have done an admirable job of sorting through the contradictions, half-truths and outright lies perpetrated by all the players in this drama. Their careful research and meticulous explanations will help everyone from general readers to veteran China-watchers sort out the meaning of Bo Xilai's rise and fall.”
“The light this book shines on the secretive world of Chinese politics makes it an especially important work. A must read for all China watchers; those interested in real-life murder mysteries and complex political scheming will also find it fascinating."
Asian Review of Books
“The complicated tale is well-structured and a pleasure to read.”
Posted June 17, 2013
Authors give excellent insight into the Chinese government and the machinations the leaders will pull off to gain and keep power.
If you want some insight into the Chinese leadership this book is a must. The authors tell an interesting story and will tell how
much faith they have in each different version of this story that made the press. They authors are very even handed with the
history they tell