In June, 1989, world-renowned photojournalist Jeff Widener took one of the most iconic photos of modern timesÂ while on assignement for the Associated Press at Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
The image shows aÂ lone, unnamed Chinese citizen facing down a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after government troops massacred student and pro-democracy protestors.Â
This photo has since become known as the “Unknown Rebel” or “Tank Man” shot. Apart from being emblematic of the struggle that took place at Tiananmen Square, the image quickly entered the modern zeitgeist as a symbol for nonviolent dissent acrossÂ cultures all over the world.
Prometheus Books will announce at the Frankfurt Book FairÂ today that JeffÂ Widener will contribute aÂ preface to my new book with Tang Baiqiao, “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary.”Â The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered the world’s largest trade fair for books by industry participants.
“My Two Chinas” recounts Tang Baiqiao’s experiences as a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989; how he was subsequently hunted by the Chinese government and jailed for his pro-democracy activities; the physical and mental tortures he endured while in prison; his release, and eventual flight to the U.S.
Despite living in exile these past 21 years, Tang Baiqiao hasÂ never relented in his campaign to bring human rights and freedom to his homeland, and throughout the world.
Prometheus Books will release â€œMy Two Chinasâ€ in hardcover (and e-book) in March, 2011.
You can download the publisherâ€™s press release as a PDF by clickingÂ here.
For a copy of the press release in Chinese, click here.
For a copy of the press release in French, click here.
For a copy of the press release in Dutch, click here.
To see a list of Advance Endorsements, click here.