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NED Event recommended reads

The following is a  selection of books  and articles associated with an event NED is hosting or a day NED is remembering.  On June 4, 2021 we commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Check out the full list here. Learn more about NED’s library here.

Tiananmen moon: Inside the Chinese student uprisings of 1989
by Philip J. Cunningham

This compelling book provides a vivid first-hand account of the student demonstrations and massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Philip J Cunningham offers a remarkable day-by-day account of Beijing students desperately trying to secure the most coveted political real estate in China in the face of ever more daunting government countermoves. He also follows the parallel response of an unprepared but resourceful Western media. –Provided by publisher





The Tiananmen Papers 
by Liang Zhang, Andrew Nathan, and E Perry Link

Compiles internal government and Communist Party documents to chronicle the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in China, revealing the decisions that led to the use of military force against the student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. –Provided by publisher





The people’s republic of amnesia: Tiananmen revisited 
by Louisa Lim

Lim interweaves portraits of eight individuals whose lives have been shaped by June 4–including the two women who started Tiananmen Mothers, one of the first and most prominent grassroots organizations outside the Chinese government’s control; a student survivor involved in the protests; a soldier who took part in the suppression; and a high-ranking government administrator who played a role in ordering the tanks into the square. In the process she offers a textured, intimate, and haunting look at the national tragedy and an unhealed wound. — Provided by publisher




Reports & Articles

30 years after Tiananmen : The meaning of June 4th
 by Wang Dan

An article by one of China’s leading democratic dissidents in the Journal of Democracy  issue focused on the 30th anniversary of June 4th in 2019.

 The 30 years after Tiananmen : Dissent is not dead
 by Elizabeth Economy

Featured in the April 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy, this article discusses the prospect for democracy in China 30 years after June 4th.