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

(author), (author of introduction)
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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
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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.

With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this is 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: 9781447243847
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

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