Almost a Revolution
|Author||Shen Tong with Marianne Yen|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin (U.S. first edition) University of Michigan Press (U.S. second edition)|
|1990 (first edition), 1998 (second edition)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback); also audio book|
|Pages||344 p. (US paperback second edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-472-08557-6 (US paperback second edition)|
|LC Class||DS779.32 .S47 1998|
Tong rose to international fame during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 which ended with the so-called Tiananmen Square Massacre. He was the organizer of the "dialogue delegation", which attempted to arrange negotiations between the students and the government during April and May 1989.
Written and published in 1990 shortly after Tong escaped to the United States from China, the book is primarily an inside account of the student movement from the perspective of a student leader. The prior to those events, the book describes Tong's and his family's life in Beijing from the 1970s through 1989 and Tong's involvement in student activism at Beijing University. The final chapter describes in limited detail Tong's evasion of authorities after the massacre but before his flight to the United States.
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