The Last Days of Old Beijing

Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

By Michael Meyer
(Walker & Company, Paperback, 9780802717504, 371pp.)

Publication Date: May 26, 2009

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A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, facing destruction as the city, and China, relentlessly modernizes.
Soon we will be able to say about old Beijing that what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn't eradicate, the market economy has. Weaving historical vignettes of Beijing and China over a thousand years Michael Meyer captures the city's deep past as he illuminates its present, and especially the destruction of its ancient neighborhoods and the eradication of a way of life that has epitomized China's capital. With an insider's insight, "The Last Days of Old Beijing "is an invaluable witness to history, bringing into shining focus the ebb and flow of life in old Beijing at this pivotal moment.




About the Author
Michael Meyer is currently Director of Communications for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Between 1988 and 1992, he was "Newsweek"'s Bureau Chief for Germany, Central Europe and the Balkans, writing more than twenty cover stories on the break-up of communist Europe and German unification. He is the winner of two Overseas Press Club Awards and appears regularly as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-Span, NPR and other broadcast network. He previously worked at the "Washington Post" and "Congressional Quarterly". He is the author of the "Alexander Complex" (Times Books, 1989), an examination of the psychology of American empire builders. He lives in New York City.
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