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  1. The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State
    The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State
    The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State
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  2. The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State

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The long-awaited memoir by Fang Lizhi, the celebrated physicist whose clashes with the Chinese regime helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests

Fang Lizhi was one of the most prominent scientists of the People's Republic of China; he worked on the country's first nuclear program and later became one of the world's leading astrophysicists. His devotion to science and the pursuit of truth led him to question the authority of the Communist regime. That got him in trouble.

In 1957, after advocating reforms in the Communist Party, Fang -- just twenty-one years old -- was dismissed from his position, stripped of his Party membership, and sent to be a farm laborer in a remote village. Over the next two decades, through the years of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, he was alternately denounced and rehabilitated, revealing to him the pettiness, absurdity, and horror of the regime's excesses. He returned to more normal work in academia after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, but the cycle soon began again. This time his struggle became a public cause, and his example helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests.

Immediately after the crackdown in June 1989, Fang and his wife sought refuge in the U.S. embassy, where they hid for more than a year before being allowed to leave the country. During that time Fang wrote this memoir The Most Wanted Man in China, which has never been published, until now. His story, told with vivid detail and disarming humor, is a testament to the importance of remaining true to one's principles in an unprincipled time and place.

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This book was written in Chinese and translated into English by Perry Link. It conveys the tumultuous times of Fang Lizhi. The reader is taken through what the subtitle terms “my journey from scientist to enemy of the state.” Fang felt compelled as a scientist to speak out against aspects of communism. This act of rebellion got him into a heap of trouble.

Fang joined a Communist front organization at a very young age. He continued to find himself in and out of favor with the party throughout his career as an astrophysicist. Daring to speak his views earned him the punishment of hard labor. In the aftermath of such suffering, he did not shun from speaking his mind when he thought it important to let people know his feelings.

One who is in disfavor in China can face insurmountable obstacles. When President George H.W. Bush visited China in February of 1989, Fang and his wife intended to appear at a banquet hosted by the American president. The Chinese... Read more
The wit, grace and charm of Fang's memoir - and Perry Link's wonderful, thoughtful translation - make this a very engaging book to read. Because Fang comes out of this whole cultural revolution mess with enlightenment, perspective and a doubling down on science as democratic free inquiry, his lack of bitterness (though deserved) adds so much credibility to his tale.
A wonderful book by a remarkable man. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that he and his wife managed to enjoy life and keep a positive attitude in spite of all the tribulations and punishments meted out by the government. Although Fang was not religious you could say he lived a Christian life, much more so than many professed Christians (like Trump) here. Somewhat surprising is the picture of Deng Xiaoping as a Party thug (people forget that he ordered the Tiananmen Square massacre). Sad is Fang's accurate forecast that China would forget the massacre within a few years.
There should however be a trigger warning for some our more sensitive souls - Sanders supporters and other socialists, those who believe in the government,.. The book will frighten you with ideas like freedom for individuals, and deluge you with multiple accounts of government thuggery, brutality, stupidity and total incompetence, like the Beijng police department's exhortatory banner "Struggle hard to... Read more
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