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Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today's China Paperback – 15 September 2021
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'Powerful and disturbing…The Chinese government will not be happy with this book....Rarely has anyone in modern China been brave enough to violate its oppressive code of silence and give an honest first-hand account of what really goes on in the corridors of power.' -- Bill Browder, author of Red Notice
'The book is full of fabulous titbits... It was a period of so much scheming that the Beijing Hotel employed two full-time coordinators to stagger guests so as to prevent inconvenient encounters. It’s this level of detail on Beijing’s inner workings that has clearly spooked the communist high command. Shum’s recollections are still deeply embarrassing for the Chinese Communist Party, making this memoir a singular, highly readable insider account of the most secretive of global powers.' -- Cindy Yu ― Spectator
'The machine was right to be worried. Large scandals of the recent past are revisited in Red Roulette… [The book] details an elite China built on secrets and fear, in which family ties are one of the only reliable bonds of trust.' -- David Rennie ― The Economist
'Offers a rare peek into the luxe lifestyles of China’s elites…a vivid portrait.' ― Washington Post
'A rare alternative to China’s tightly controlled, state-sponsored narratives. In his book, Shum poses an urgent question: "What type of system allows for extra-legal kidnappings of the type that befell Whitney Duan?"' ― Bloomberg
'Red Roulette was already shaping up as a must-read account of corruption at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party. But the sudden reemergence last week of Whitney Duan, Shum’s former wife, four years after disappearing into apparent arbitrary detention in Beijing, has made the book a news story.' ― Politico, China Watcher
'Red Roulette is everything those who follow China have been waiting for: a deeply personal epic that reveals the idealism, ecstasy and avarice of post-Deng Xiaoping China…There simply isn't another inside history of today's Chinese leadership like this one. If it spawns a new genre of Chinese personal histories - as I hope it will - Red Roulette will remain the classic of its category. Desmond Shum’s book is riveting, moving and dangerous.' -- Matt Pottinger, former US Deputy National Security Advisor
'A rare inside peek at the cossetted Chinese elite who parlay their connections with Politburo members into billions. This is a world of Château Lafite, Rolls Royces and $100 million yachts, where friendships are strictly transactional. Although the book can be fun and gossipy, it's also poignant, and, ultimately, we come away with rich insights into the workings of the Chinese Communist Party and the billionaires it has spawned.' -- Barbara Demick, former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times
'Gripping…sensational…rich, nuanced, and helped change my mind about much that I thought I understood about China.' -- David Barboza ― The Wire
'A deliberative, slow-building, suspenseful narrative that reveals numerous insights about the mechanics of power and greed… Observers of contemporary Chinese affairs, consistently intriguing and murky territory, will find much to interest them here. A riveting look inside "the roulette-like political environment of the New China".' ― Kirkus (starred review)
'Students of Chinese politics and business will appreciate Shum’s personal narrative of China’s turbulent economic rise; this book deserves a wide audience.' ― Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; Export/Airside edition (15 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1398510378
- ISBN-13 : 978-1398510371
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 1.95 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The myth of the Chinese business circle is shown in the book.
Seems to me the author is a millionaire or billionaire. He is not publishing this book for money nor for fun. He had not used an alias to write the book and probably risked his whole family and all the relationships he built up in China to write this book. He sure could not go back to China or else he would get jailed. To me all information seems authentic. The author deserves my utmost respect. He is a real Chinese who hope his country can be better.
Easy to read and understand, satisfied my curiosity in why Chinese business is polluting the values of democracy and the Christian values that we long hold.
I believe the West have to learn how we can fight the skewed values of China businesses dealing or else we will become helper of a tyranny that will one day destroy us.