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The Courage to Stand Alone

The Courage to Stand Alone

Letters from Prison and Other Writings

Jingsheng Wei - Author

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ISBN 9780140275353 | 336 pages | 01 Aug 1998 | Penguin | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Internationally recognized as a major publishing event, The Courage to Stand Alone is a collection of prison writings from the world's most famous political prisoner. Wei Jingsheng, who has spent nearly two decades in prison for "counterrevolutionary" activities, confirms his status as a symbol for Chinese democracy, as he eloquently and fearlessly confronts a regime that not only fails to protect basic human rights but actively violates them. Devoid of ideological rant, the letters to Deng Xiaoping and other officials capture the verve, intelligence, audacity, and mordant humor of a man obstinately struggling to bring freedom to the world's most populous country. Also included are touching letters to his family, excerpts of his groundbreaking political essays, and his moving defense statement at trial.

Acknowledgments
Author's Note to the Penguin Edition (Wei Jingsheng)
Foreword (Andrew J. Nathan)
Preface (Liu Qing)
Editor's Note (Kristina M. Torgeson)
THE PRISON LETTERS
Appendices:
I. The Fifth Modernization: Democracy (December 1978)
II. The Trial of Wei Jingsheng (October 1979)
III. From Maoist Fanatic to Political Dissident: An Autobiographical Essay (1979)
Wei Jingsheng's Lifelong Battle for Democracy (Sophia Woodman) Glossary
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