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Inside the red mansion: on the trail of China's most wanted man

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Due to a mix-up, 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 rise and fall, August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China. Lai embodies the story of China's recent success as well as its Achilles' heel: the blending of its command economy 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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display_descriptionThe notorious gangster Lai Changxing started out as an illiterate farmer, but in the tumult of China's burgeoning economy, he seized the opportunity to remake himself as a bandit king. A newly minted billionaire of outsized personality and even greater appetites, he was a living legend who eventually ran afoul of authorities. The journalist Oliver August set out to find the fugitive Lai. On his quest he encountered a highly entertaining series of criminals and oddball entrepreneurs-and acquired unique insight into the paradoxes of modern China. Part crime caper, part travelogue, part trenchant cultural analysis, August's page-turning account captures China's giddy vibe and its darker vulnerabilities.
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ils:.b23918913BookBooksEnglishHoughton Mifflin Company, 2007.268 p. : map ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetChina -- Description and travel
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Lai, Changxing, -- 1958-
title_displayInside the red mansion : on the trail of China's most wanted man
title_fullInside the red mansion : on the trail of China's most wanted man / Oliver August
Inside the red mansion : on the trail of China's most wanted man [electronic resource] / Oliver August
Inside the red mansion : on the trail of china's most wanted man [electronic resource] / Oliver August
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title_subon the trail of China's most wanted man
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Lai, Changxing