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Inside the Red Mansion

On The Trail Of China's Most Wanted Man

By Oliver August, 1971-

Inside the Red Mansion is a suspenseful, slyly entertaining journey into the heart of the new China. Due to a mix-up on a routine reporting assignment, Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China’s most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. Sensing something emblematic in this outsized tale of Lai's rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, hoping that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better grasp the tectonic forces transforming modern China.

Lai embodies the story of China’s recent success as well as its Achilles’ heel: its command economy, blended with the free market, is riddled with corruption. Moving ever closer to the elusive tycoon, August introduces us to a people in the midst of head-spinning self-transformation. We meet a nightclub hostess and her gaggle of “Miss Temporaries”; powerful businessmen on a debt-settling round of nocturnal golf; and a foie gras king who markets his goose liver by the ton and prefers it deep fried. This is a China seething with desire, engaged in a slapstick fight with its past, and hell-bent on the future.

Inside the Red Mansion is the first book to capture the giddy vibe of contemporary China and its darker vulnerabilities.

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Book

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  • 951.05092 Aug, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2007

ISBN

0618714987


Format: Book
Author: August, Oliver, 1971-
Title: Inside the red mansion : on the trail of China's most wanted man / Oliver August.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
Subject: Lai, Changxing, 1958- China -- Description and travel
Isbn: 0618714987 9780618714988
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 951.05092 Aug
Oclc: 70921545
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Bib Id: 273203

Format: Book
Author: August, Oliver, 1971-
Title: Inside the red mansion : on the trail of China's most wanted man / Oliver August.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
Description: 268 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Lai, Changxing, 1958-
Subjects: China -- Description and travel
Other Title: On the trail of China's most wanted man
Contents: Writers -- Petits bourgeois -- The landlord -- Boatmen -- Dancing girls -- Three hands -- Villagers -- Believers -- The goose liver king -- Bandits -- The madam -- Fugitives -- Night traders -- Rocket cadres -- The vice-minister -- Lawyer -- The gambler -- The gambler II -- The officer.
LCCN: 2006026930
ISBN: 0618714987
ISBN: 9780618714988
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 951.05092 Aug