Butterfly Mind: Revolution, Recovery, and One Reporter's Road to Understanding China

Butterfly Mind: Revolution, Recovery, and One Reporter's Road to Understanding China

by Patrick Brown

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Overview

Fascinating, revelatory, and powerful, Butterfly MindM is a memorable work from a renowned reporter on the front line of history.

In this memoir, award-winning journalist Patrick Brown weaves together three stories: the first is Brown's own education as a journalist over the past twenty-five years, and his parallel struggle with alcoholism. The second is the major political events of the past quarter century that Brown witnessed and covered -- including the shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, where the Solidarity movement began; Cambodia, where Brown reported on the impact of the Paris Peace Treaty; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolution in Czechoslovakia; and the wars in Afghanistan in 1992 and 2002. The third story is about China, which Brown first visited in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square protests and now calls home.

By comparing and contrasting his experiences as a foreign correspondent in societies in flux, Brown beautifully reveals how life in China today is both unique and surprisingly familiar, and how a so-called butterfly mind -- the ability to flit from one subject to the next with great flexibility and facility -- has allowed him to thrive in the middle of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887848483
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patrick Brown was born in Birmingham, England, and has been a foreign correspondent since 1980. He has also covered revolutions, elections, wars, and disaster throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and has reported on China since 1989. His radio and television reports in English and French have won several awards. He lives in Beijing.

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