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Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China by Soft Skull Press
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It s 1983 Scott Savitt one of the first American exchange students in Beijing picks up his guitar and begins strumming Blackbird He s soon surrounded by Chinese students who know every word to every Beatles song he plays Scott stays on in Beijing working as a reporter for Asiaweek Magazine The city s first nightclubs open rock n roll promises democracy Promoted to foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times then United Press International Scott finds himself drawn into China s political heart Later at 25 years old Scott is the youngest accredited foreign correspondent in China with an intimate knowledge of Beijing s backstreets But as the seven week occupation of Tiananmen Square ends in bloodshed on June 4 1989 his greatest asset is his flame red 500 cc Honda motorcyclegiving Scott the freedom to witness first hand what the Chinese government still denies ever took place After Tiananmen Scott founds the first independent English language newspaper in China Beijing Scene He knows that it s only a matter of time before the authorities move in and sure enough in 2000 he s arrested flung into solitary confinement and after a month in jail deported Scott Savitt s memoir turns this complex political historical subject into an extraordinary adventure story