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"Remarkable and fast paced."
"Zha beautifully combines the hard-earned expertise of an insider with the moral candor of an outsider. In exploring China’s defining struggles . . . [she] illuminate[s] the shadows in between, with empathy and courage."
—Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
"If you want to understand the astonishing developments in China’s contemporary cultural life . . . there could be no surer or more entertaining guide than Zha."
—K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University
"An engaging, comprehensible cross-section of the personalities and cultural concerns rising with China’s ascent."
"No one who writes in English about contemporary China is more thoroughly bilingual and bicultural than Jianying Zha. She truly 'gets it.'"
—Perry Link, author of Evening Chats in Beijing
Part I The Entrepreneurs 13
A Good Tycoon 15
The Turtles 49
The Barefoot Capitalist 77
Part II The Intellectuals 95
Beida, Beida! 97
Enemy of the State 138
Servant of the State 167