Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty

Harry Wu, Author, George Vecsey, With Crown Publishers $25 (328p) ISBN 978-0-8129-6374-8
An important human rights document, Wu's dramatic memoir, written with New York Times reporter Vecsey, chronicles his recent campaign to expose China's slave-labor camp system--six to eight million inmates in 1155 camps rife with beatings, torture, murders and near starvation conditions. He also presents shocking evidence that China is executing prisoners to harvest their organs for transplants, and that China's prison-made goods--everything from shoes to tea to tools--are exported to the U.S. Born in China in 1937, geologist Wu spent 19 years in forced-labor camps (1960-1979) after being officially branded a ""troublemaker"" for criticizing communist rule. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1985. While he wrote of his hellish camp experience in Bitter Winds, Wu does reflect here on his years in China. Mainly, however, he focuses on the three trips he made to China under an alias between 1991 and 1994, documenting camp conditions for CBS-TV's 60 Minutes and for the BBC, as well as an abortive 1995 trip, on which he was arrested at the border and sentenced to 15 years but expelled under pressure from Washington. Wu here aims to have the Chinese prison camp system--laogai--become as notorious as the Soviet gulag. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1996
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 328 pages - 978-0-345-41625-4
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