Treason by the Book

Treason by the Book

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by Jonathan D. Spence
     
 

“A savory, fascinating story of absolute rule, one that not only reveals a great deal about China’s turbulent past but also suggests where some of the more durable reflexes of China’s current leaders have their roots. . . . A detective yarn and a picaresque tale.” (Richard Bernstein, The New York Times)
 
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“A savory, fascinating story of absolute rule, one that not only reveals a great deal about China’s turbulent past but also suggests where some of the more durable reflexes of China’s current leaders have their roots. . . . A detective yarn and a picaresque tale.” (Richard Bernstein, The New York Times)
 
Shortly before noon on October 28, 1728, General Yue Zhongqi, the most powerful military and civilian official in northwest China, was en route to his headquarters. Suddenly, out of the crowd, a stranger ran toward Yue and passed him an envelope—an envelope containing details of a treasonous plot to overthrow the Manchu government. 

This thrilling story of a conspiracy against the Qing dynasty in 1728 is a captivating tale of intrigue and a fascinating exploration of what it means to rule and be ruled. Once again, Jonathan Spence has created a vivid portrait of the rich culture that surrounds a most dramatic moment in Chinese history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142000410
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
222,434
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Treason By the Book - Jonathan D. Spence Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Letter
One: The General
Two: The Emperor
Three: The Messenger's Trail
Four: In Hunan
Five: The Phoenix Song
Six: Talking Back
Seven: Summer Lessons
Eight: The Pardon
Nine: The Solitary Bell
Ten: Coauthors
Eleven: The Source
Twelve: Sounds of Discord
Thirteen: Spreading the Word
Fourteen: Transformations
Fifteen: Retribution
A Note on the Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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