The Man Who Stayed Behind

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April 2001



Both a memoir and a documentary history of the Chinese revolution from 1949 through the Cultural Revolution, "The Man Who Stayed Behind" is the story of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who was sent to China by the U.S. military and who got caught in the turbulence that engulfed the country until the late 1970s. 16 photos.


Key names; the death of the wood fairy; the famine; the new fourth army; in Mao's caves; high autumn and bracing weather; my long march; the year of darkness; learning to live; the brave new world; redder than red; the golden age; a leap in the dark; the great hunger; the inner circle; the good life; arouse the masses; smash everything old; seize power; hold power; power prevails; the ice house; the dynasty collapses; coming home.


Sidney Rittenberg is President of Rittenberg Associates, Incorporated--a China consulting firm. He resides on Fox Island, Washington, with his wife, Yulin.Amanda Bennett is Managing Editor of "The Oregonian" in Portland, Oregon and former Bureau Chief of the "Wall Street Journal "in Atlanta.


From reviews of the cloth edition: "[The Man Who Stayed Behind] reads like a riveting historical novel. But there's no fiction here ... it's Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the Long March, solitary confinement, despair, romance, and redemption. Sidney Rittenberg's story is a classic."- Mike Wallace, CBS-TV 60 Minutes "I found The Man Who Stayed Behind hard to put down. No American has ever merged as fully, hopefully-and disastrously-with Communist China as Rittenberg did for four decades from the 1940s. The book is lively, poignant, and revealing. Rittenberg offers a window on Beijing politics that anyone seriously interested in China's recent past and likely future should read."- Ross Terrill, author of China in Our Time "Rittenberg has written a modern day Pilgrim's Progress, in which he wanders through thirty-five years of Chinese power struggles with his idealism-or perhaps naivete-astoundingly intact."- Russell Watson, Newsweek "Sidney Rittenberg has had one of the most remarkable lives of anyone I have ever met. The story of his life is not only a fascinating and valuable witness to one of the greatest historical upheavals of [the twentieth] century, but is a vivid testimony to the power of good in the midst of evil."-Billy Graham "An extraordinary and revealing account of how someone was swept into the Chinese Communist movement and stayed with it through its many blunders, excesses, and cruelties... A fascinating autobiography-honest, moving, chilling, and quite illuminating."- Dr. Michel Oksenberg, Former National Security Council Aid on China Policy "For more than a decade, I have been recording Chinese stories of hope, imprisonment, and disillusion. Nowhere is that story told more poignantly, honestly, or compellingly than in this book... [It] is fascinating, excruciatingly honest, painful to read, and destined to be a classic in the literature of gods that have failed."- Anne F. Thurston, the Boston Globe "The gripping saga of an expatriate whose extraordinary experiences left him without illusions about Marxism-but with his personal ideals triumphantly intact."- Kirkus Reviews "Rittenberg lived a strange life, but he is not a stranger. Seen from the inside, his 'life of perks, privilege, and deluded complicity' makes sense. In the ultimate test of good autobiography, we see with a shock how it could have been us."- Andrew J. Nathan, the Washington Post "In a class by itself ... This story is off the wall, amazing, unbelievably funny and sad... What I want to know is: Where are the miniseries people?"- Carolyn See, the Los Angeles Times "The Man Who Stayed Behind hooked me from start to finish. These are rare, tragic, sometimes startling insights into Mao's China at its self-destructive worst. Whether you sympathize with Sidney Rittenberg or not (and there will be times when you have doubts) he was there as history was made and unmade, and became part of its scar tissue. His prison portrait of Madame Mao as the shrieking harridan of the Red Terror will stay with me a long time. And his own personal story is an amazing tale in its own right."- Sterling Seagrave, author of The Soong Dynasty " There is nothing like an eyewitness account to heat up historical events... A fascinating, fast-paced read... the personal story-about one man's failure to build a better world, about a stranger's futile efforts to be accepted by a distrustful culture, about dreams proved false and nightmares come true-is rivetting."- Nick Gallo, Seattle Weekly "A gripping story about an idealistic young American who freely cast his lot with the Chinese revolution only to be struck down by that revolution at the floodtide of its success... One lives with him through inhuman cruelty and the mindless horror of sixteen years of solitary confinement."- Leonard Woodcock, First American Ambassador to China
EAN: 9780822326670
ISBN: 0822326671
Untertitel: 16 b&w photographs.
Verlag: Duke University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2001
Seitenanzahl: 496 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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