The Man Who Stayed Behind by Sidney RittenbergThe Man Who Stayed Behind by Sidney Rittenberg

The Man Who Stayed Behind

bySidney Rittenberg

Paperback | March 1, 2001

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"The Man Who Stayed Behind" is the remarkable account of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who was sent to China by the U.S. military in the 1940s. A student activist and labor organizer who was fluent in Chinese, Rittenberg became caught up in the turbulence that engulfed China and remained there until the late 1970s. Even with access to China's highest leaders as an American communist, however, he was twice imprisoned for a total of sixteen years.
Both a memoir and a documentary history of the Chinese revolution from 1949 through the Cultural Revolution, "The Man Who Stayed Behind "provides a human perspective on China's efforts to build a new society. Critical of both his own mistakes and those of the Communist leadership, Rittenberg nevertheless gives an even-handed account of a country that is now free of internal war for the first time in a hundred years.
Title:The Man Who Stayed BehindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.2 × 6.16 × 1.4 inPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0822326671

ISBN - 13:9780822326670

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Editorial Reviews

"This is personal history at its best, a gripping page-turner that is at once the highly individual story of Sidney Rittenberg's 35 years in China and a broad, insightful account of modern Chinese history. . . . [R]eaders of "The Man Who Stayed Behind" can only feel grateful that he has chosen to share his fascinating life story and hard-earned wisdom."
--Sheila Melvin, "South China Morning Post"