Reformist leader memoirs to be published

May 15, 2009 | Posted by Chris

This upcoming week the journals of reformist leader Zhao Ziyang will be published by Simon and Shuster, according to the New York Times. Titled "Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang," the memoirs are candid reflections on change in China from its reforms in the late '70s to May 1989, when he was removed from his post after disagreements with conservative party leaders. Originally recorded on 30 cassette tapes which he numbered in his own handwriting, the journals add to the understanding of the intellectual leadership behind China's market-economy reforms 30 years ago; Harvard Professor Roderick MacFarquhar writes in the book's foreword, "it was he rather than Deng (Xiaoping) who was the actual architect of reform."

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