"Phil Pan is one of the finest American correspondents to have worked in China, a penetrating reporter who works from the ground up. This is an extraordinarily important book about China's unfinished politics." Steve Coll, author of The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century
"Out of Mao's Shadow is a stunningly researched and crafted book, filled with tales of individual heroism, triumph, and heartbreak. Pan shares his subjects' relentless curiosity and drive to find truth; the result is a book that's immediate, moving, and ultimately thrilling." Rachel DeWoskin, author of Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China
"As correspondent for The Washington Post, Philip Pan covered China like no one else, using his fluency in the language to penetrate Chinese society. He goes beyond his newspaper reporting to tell the story of Chinese people pressing unsuccessfully for political change. Pan's book gives lie to the notion that China is inevitably heading toward democratization." James Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans and The China Fantasy
"Philip Pan's book is a masterpiece of reportage, revealing the layers of dirt and pain that lurk just beneath the shiny surface of modern China." Rob Gifford, National Public Radio correspondent and author of China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
"Philip Pan has brought great patience and a rare sensitivity to political reporting in China.This is the story of how power actually works there." Peter Hessler, author of Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China
It is Mr. Pan's achievement in Out of Mao's Shadow that he makes the dark side of China's glittering economic growth palpably real to the reader by showing the fallout of these changes on the lives of individual citizens, just as he shows the potent effect that a few brave individualsspeaking up on behalf of civil liberties, freedom of the press and government accountabilitycan have on the party's conduct of day-to-day business. Fluent in Chinese, Mr. Pan crisscrossed the country, from Beijing to booming cities and dismal mines in the south to aging factories in the northeast. He interviewed artists, workers, peasants, journalists and entrepreneurs, and his portraits of these people possess both the immediacy of first-rate reportage and the emotional depth of field of a novel.
The New York Times
Ex-Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Pan focuses these 11 profiles on China's lonely dissidents: a filmmaker documents a Mao-era dissident who wrote a prison manifesto in her own blood; a doctor acclaimed for blowing the whistle on the SARS epidemic is arrested for writing about the Tiananmen Square massacre; an editor tests the party's tolerance for muckraking. These narratives show China's social and political tensions playing out through personal enmities, petty bribery and subtle moral compromises. Pan's stirring reportage shows that, even in China, the individual can make a difference-at a price. B&w photos. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.