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This book is in fact a collection of essays on a broad range of topics. The editors have done a good job organizing the essays so that they cover most of Zhao Ziyang's later career, but there is still a little repetition. The editors have also done a good job placing the essays in context.
There are some fascinating and very sad insights into the events leading to the Tiananmen Square massacre, but the deeper and more analytical pieces cover China's financial reforms and the need for, and obstacles to, political reform. These are thoughtful pieces on the multiple sources of China's problems, analyses of possible solutions and the obstacles to change.
The narrator is generally very good, but he doesn't always seem comfortable with Chinese pronunciations.
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If you could sum up Prisoner of the State in three words, what would they be?
Truth finally revealed.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Zhao Ziyang himself. The poor fellow was in some difficult positons in and out of office.
What does Norman Dietz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I'm not ssure exactly.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I have no idea at the moment.
Any additional comments?
Anyone who wants to learn more about the Tiananme Square protests should read the book.