. . .and winging its way to our editor, Linda Regan,Â at Prometheus Books. Galleys should be available by November/December, and the book is slated for a March, 2011 hardcover and e-bookÂ release. The press release posted below tells more.
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.
Prometheus New Releases â€“ March 2011
History / Autobiography
My Two Chinas
The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary
Baiqiao Tang with Damon DiMarco
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â At this moment, people in China are being imprisoned and tortured by their own government. These people are not hardened criminals, murderers, thieves, or terrorists. Theyâ€™ve done nothing wrong. They are student leaders, journalists, bloggers, human rights activists, and monks whose only â€œcrimeâ€ is that they want democracy. They want their voices to be heard in a nation theyâ€™ve helped to build.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â My Two Chinas is the memoir of one such political prisoner. Baiqiao Tang is one of Chinaâ€™s most influential modern dissidents. Tangâ€™s name became legendary during the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Over the past 21 years, he has remained on the front lines of the Chinese pro-democracy movement, where he has vowed to keep fighting until the dream of a free China is realized.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In 1989, Tang was a student leader organizing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hunan province. On June 4 of that year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) quashed the movement Tang helped to lead in the now infamous Tiananmen Square massacre. During the nationwide crackdown that ensued against â€œcounterrevolutionaries,â€ the CCP issued a warrant for Tangâ€™s arrest. Tang recalls in detail his shock upon seeing his face plastered on a â€œwantedâ€ poster at a train station. He attempted to flee to Macau but was captured before he could cross the border. In prison, Tang witnessed and endured medieval tortures that no human should ever experience. Eventually, he escaped to America with help from the United States government.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Now living in exile in New York City, Baiqiao Tang has become a living legend among the millions of people worldwide who fight for a free and open society. Chinaâ€™s recent, stratospheric rise to prominence on the world stage has brought its government under increased pressure to account for its notorious human rights atrocities inflicted on its own people.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This unique, timely, suspenseful, and ultimately inspiring memoir will resonate with people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds who care about human rights and the future of free society.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Baiqiao TangÂ (New York, NY) is the chair of the China Peace and Democracy Federation and the author of Anthems of Defeat (Human Rights Watch, 1992) and numerous articles in such publications as Columbia Universityâ€™s Journal of the School of International and Public Affairs, The Secret China, Liberty Times, Open magazine, and the Epoch Times. He has also been a special commentator for Radio Free Asia, New Dynasty TV, and other programs. He is frequently interviewed by national and international media, including ABC, NBC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other media outlets.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Damon DiMarco (New York, NY) is the author of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, with a foreword by 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean, and Shock and Awe: Soldiersâ€™ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. He is the coauthor with Roy Simmons of Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet. Mr. DiMarco is also an actor. He has written two books on acting, and has taught the subject at colleges, trade schools, and in private sessions.
Â 350 pages (photos)Â â€¢Â ISBN 978-1-61614-445-6Â â€¢ Hardcover: $26 â€¢ Ebook: $12.99
Artist Emily PrinceÂ has a show going on at London’s Saatchi Gallery called
The idea for the show is as simple as it is powerful: to sketch the faces of American casualties of war in the Middle East.Â
In conjunction with Ms. Prince’s work, CultureKiosque also reviewed my book, “Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq.”Â They said:
“Damon DiMarco has assembled an unflinching compilation â€” first person narratives of returning military personnel â€” that personalizes Americaâ€™s involvement in Iraq in a manner all-too-rarely covered by mainstream media. Ignorance, political duplicity, corporate greed and corruption, incompetence, right-wing cynicism, marital infidelity, sexual abuse and the dishearteningly widespread indifference to the existential and medical needs of war veterans are among the issues documented here. Whether voiced by naÃ¯ve farm kids, street smart city dwellers or the sons and daughters of Americaâ€™s elite, the accounts of horrors, brutality and pathos are relentless and devastating.
Order Heart of War by clicking the book cover below.
This probably should have been discussed a while back. Better late than never, I guess.
Last June, I was walking around the Book Expo of America in the Jacob Javits Center here in New York. I passed by a table filled with galleys for a bookÂ called Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. The author was someone named Michael Anthony.
I was intrigued. I took a copy. One of the great things about BEA: free books!
Here’s the spooky part: I got home that day and found anÂ e-mail waiting for me from a guy namedÂ – you guessed it – Michael Anthony.
Michael wasÂ an Army medic in Iraq. Mass Casualties is his memoir about the experience. He wasÂ asking if I’d be willing to read his book and offer a quote. He said he could have the publishers send a copy right away.
I looked down at his book, which was on my desk, andÂ typedÂ out myÂ response.Â “As luck would have it? Sending a copy won’t be necessary…”Â
Weird that I’d picked up the galley that very afternoon.
Long story short, here’s the quote I eventually offered:
â€œCompelling. Frank. Funny. Disturbing. Michael Anthony loses his innocence in a slow motion train wreck you canâ€™t help but watch. Mass Casualties opens up a brand new conversation on the War in Iraq.â€
Author of Heart of War: Soldiersâ€™ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq
Mass CasualtiesÂ came out in October or November of 2009. So . . . why would I mention it now?Â Two very good reasons:
First, my lovely new website allows me to post news of this sort. So I’m posting it. So there.
Second (and much more importantly), Mass Casualties is a good read. Michael’s done a fine job. His book creates a generous and highly-specific thread inÂ the tapestry depicting the lives of modern U.S. soldiers.
If you’re interested in that sort of thing, pick up a copy of Mass Casualties. I bet you won’t be sorry. You can order a copy by clicking on the book’s cover above, or by clicking here.Â
And it goes without saying that you should also pick up copy of Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq. Click the book’s cover below. An e-book edition is now available.
I’mÂ under contract with Prometheus Books to write My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary with noted political dissident Tang Baiqiao.
Â As a student leader from Hunan Province, Mr. Tang helped to organize the protests that later culminated in the so-called â€œJune 4th Incidentâ€ in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989.
Mr. Tang was hunted down and thrown in jail by the Chinese Communist government for nearly three years. During this time he was tortured both mentally and physically.
With the aid of the underground Pro Democracy movement in China, he later escaped to Hong Kong where he was granted political asylum by the United States. Since 1992,Â he has led the fight for a free and Democratic China while in exile.
Tentative release date: Early 2011.
Talk about a great honor.
I was recently contacted by a man named John Churcher from Massachusetts, who’s working to build a library for the newly commissioned USS New York.
This library will include books about (among other things) the Navy, Marines, and SEALS written by former Navy veterans such as Roger Staubach, Senator John McCain, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush Sr., Ross Perot, and Montel Williams. That’s quite a bunch.
John requested some copies of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 .
Thanks for asking, John. It’s a pleasure to take part in such aÂ worthwhile venture.