Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June

Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June

by Harrison E. Salisbury

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Arriving in Beijing on June 2, 1989 to film a historical documentary, veteran journalist Salisbury observed the terrible events of the Tiananmen Massacre over the next three days from the relative safety of the Beijing Hotel before leaving for the provinces and then hurrying home. The title of this book is misleading; Salisbury was only in Beijing for three of the 13 days his book covers. He relied on BBC and Voice of America broadcasts to learn what was happening a block and a half away, and this diary adds virtually nothing of interest to the contemporary news accounts. One could easily forgive so distinguished an author this bit of puff pastry did he not try to pass himself off as a great expert on China; however, it's apparent he doesn't know the language, and he makes numerous tell-tale errors of historical fact and reference. A disappointing book.-- Steven I. Levine, Duke Univ., Durham, N.C.

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