“A deeply moving book—thoughtful, careful, and courageous. Grim as these stories and portraits sometimes are, they also provide glimpse of hope, through the tenacity, clarity of conscience, and unflinching zeal of the dissidents, whether in China or in exile, who against all odds yearn for a better tomorrow.”

Shen Tong, former student activist and Author Almost a Revolution

Short-listed for the 2015 Orwell Prize, Britain's most prestigious award for political writing


Short-listed for the 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, awarded by New York Public Library


Long-listed for the 2015 Lionel Gelber prize for the best non-fiction book in English in the world


An Economist Best Book of 2015