Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China

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Soft Skull Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Savitt's articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, , Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines. He is the in-house Chinese-English translator for numerous human rights organizations and the New York Times. He is a former visiting scholar at Duke University.


"An energetic memoir that captures the collision between an open-hearted iconoclast and a free-market totalitarian state." --Kirkus

"[A] page-turning debut...Savitt is a smart, thrilling memoirist, but his book is not just a narrative roller-coaster ride: readers will receive a new understanding of what has happened in China over the past 30 years, from someone who stood shoulder to shoulder with students asking for a better country." --Publishers Weekly

"Scott Savitt has immersed himself in China's history and culture, enriching his story with hard-earned wisdom and insights. He takes us on an exciting ride through his 18 years in China--from the country's first opening to American students and then on to Tiananmen and his solitary confinement in a Chinese jail. This book should appeal both to those who know China well and those who are just discovering it."--Dan Southerland, Executive Editor at Radio Free Asia, Washington Post Beijing bureau chief 1986-1990

"Savitt's memoir, the picaresque, poignant Crashing the Party, takes us beyond Zhongnanhai, the seat of Party rule, and brings us closer to the 'soul' of the country." --Los Angeles Review of Books