The Barefoot Lawyer: The Remarkable Memoir of China's Bravest Political Activist (Paperback)
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The Barefoot Lawyer: The Remarkable Memoir of China's Bravest Political Activist (Paperback)

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Published: 05/05/2016
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It was like a scene out of a thriller: one morning in April 2012, China's most famous political activist-a blind, self-taught lawyer-climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and escaped. For days, his whereabouts remained unknown; after he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, a furious round of high-level negotiations finally led to his release and a new life in the United States.

Chen Guangcheng is a unique figure on the world stage, but his story is even more remarkable than we knew. The son of a poor farmer in rural China, blinded by illness when he was an infant, Chen was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood. But despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself and fight for the rights of his country's poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations under the hated 'one child' policy. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. After a year of fruitless protest and increasing danger, he evaded his captors and fled to freedom.

Both a riveting memoir and a revealing portrait of modern China, this passionate book tells the story of a man who has never accepted limits and always believed in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447268826
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 20 mm

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“Moving, Gripping, Inspiring, fascinating and Educational - human life, perseverance, global powers and politics in Modern China”

Chen GuangCheng is a Real-Life Modern Hero - his is a story that deserves to be told and a voice we all should be honoured to hear. I cannot recommend this book enough and have given it as a gift to others who have... More

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