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  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Tagman Press, an Imprint of Tagman Worldwide Ltd.; 25th anniversary ed edition (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906749086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906749088
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificent epic novel on modern China. The book is worth reading solely as a factual reminder of the chaos and calamity of China as a quarter of the world's people struggled and suffered towards modernity in the stormy and cruel decades between 1920 and 1980 - The Toronto Star Canada. --The Toronto Star Canada

Anthony Grey's gripping fiction, based on meticulously attributed sources, is part epic, part blockbuster - A sometimes melodramatic but nevertheless moving chronicle - Profoundly sincere theme - The Times. --The Times

The English writer has hit upon a winning formula for historical novels that rest on solid research and are painstakingly balanced - Japan Times. 'Grey's message spoken to a dying Mao Tse-tung is that the Chinese revolution triumphed due to the indomitable spiritual strength of its people.' Philadeplhia Enquirer. --Philadeplhia Enquirer

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Before achieving international bestseller status with SAIGON and PEKING, Anthony Grey was a foreign correspondent with Reuters, having begun his career in journalism in the UK with the Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk where he was born and educated. He covered the Cold War from datelines all across Eastern Europe before being assigned to China. He was the only British journalist resident in the Chinese capital at the height of the Cultural Revolution - and became the focus of worldwide headlines when he was seized as a hostage by Mao Tse-tungs's Red Guards and held in solitary for two years. After publishing his first international bestselling book HOSTAGE IN PEKING, a non-fiction account of his ordeal, he established himself as a radio and television presenter, bestselling novelist, independent publisher and frequent public speaker.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Haslam on 2 May 2009
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I know China quite well having worked there and visited most parts of the country over a period of more than 20 years. In particular I have visited many of the places mentioned in the book; both in Peking (Beijing) and along the route of the "Long March". I procured the book for its nostalgia value to me. Grey is a captivating author who researches thoroughly and in great detail, and his style of writing manages to bring people and places "alive". Apart from the geographical associations, Grey manages to provide a fascinating description of the nature, beliefs and behaviours of Chinese people. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend Grey to other readers. I ahve also read and enjoyed "Saigon" and Tokyo Bay" by the same author.
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I read this book because I was going on holiday to China and wanted to understand more about its recent history. It was much easier to read than I expected and I found it exciting and engaging. I am not in a position to judge the historical accuracy of the background, but it felt authentic and the details of 'the long march' undertaken prior to the creation of the People's Republic was very interesting. It also helped me to understand why so many of China's historic buildings had been . It is of course a novel and at times the story seemed a bit unrealistic and far fetched - but the plot devices provided really good mechanisms for linking events and groups of people into a lively and compelling narrative. The main protaganist is a flawed character and cannot sustain a relationship with his daughter - but we understand what he has been through and why he behaves as he does and it is hard not to feel sorry for him at the end of the book as his past is revealed in tragic circumstances. I would recommend this as a good introduction to anyone who wanted to understand more about China's history during the 2nd half of the twentieth century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Harwood on 4 Jun 2014
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I have read this book more than once and done my own research on the facts. Anthony Gray tells the story as if he was there with very few elaborations on the facts but it is not a dry documentary. Reading this book caused me to want to know more and to travel along the route of the Long March myself. It is a truly modern epic. I would love to see it made into a film if that were possible.
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By biluk on 2 Nov 2014
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Kept me wanting more. Learned more a bout the Long March. Learned more about China and the Chinese. Great book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helga Mueller on 21 May 2013
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Excellent and very fast service. Price was compatable. Would recommend to my friends. I feel it ridiculous to have to write a set number of words.
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