Inside the Red Mansion : On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man

Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2008-06-12
Publisher(s): Lightning Source Inc
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The notorious gangster Lai Changxing started out as an illiterate farmer, but in the tumult of China's burgeoning economy, he seized the opportunity to remake himself as a bandit king. A newly minted billionaire of outsized personality and even greater appetites, he was a living legend who eventually ran afoul of authorities. The journalist Oliver August set out to find the fugitive Lai. On his quest he encountered a highly entertaining series of criminals and oddball entrepreneurs-and acquired unique insight into the paradoxes of modern China. Part crime caper, part travelogue, part trenchant cultural analysis, August's page-turning account captures China's giddy vibe and its darker vulnerabilities.

Author Biography

Oliver August spent seven years in China as the Beijing bureau chief for the Times of London. He was previously the paper’s youngest-ever New York correspondent. He now reports from the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Writersp. 11
Petits Bourgeoisp. 21
The Landlordp. 38
Boatmenp. 56
Dancing Girlsp. 73
Three Handsp. 84
Villagersp. 97
Believersp. 109
The Goose Liver Kingp. 117
Banditsp. 125
The Madamp. 138
Fugitivesp. 156
Night Tradersp. 172
Rocket Cadresp. 180
The Vice-Ministerp. 192
Lawyersp. 203
The Gamblerp. 214
The Gambler IIp. 233
The Officerp. 245
Epiloguep. 256
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
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