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Red Roulette - By Desmond Shum (Hardcover)

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About the Book "After the Communist Revolution, Desmond Shum's grandfather was marked as belonging to a 'black category' that included former landlords and rich peasants--meaning the Shums would be stigmatized and impoverished. As Desmond was growing up, he vowed his life would be different. Through hard work and sheer tenacity Shum earned an American college degree and returned to China to establish himself …
About the Book "After the Communist Revolution, Desmond Shum's grandfather was marked as belonging to a 'black category' that included former landlords and rich peasants--meaning the Shums would be stigmatized and impoverished. As Desmond was growing up, he vowed his life would be different. Through hard work and sheer tenacity Shum earned an American college degree and returned to China to establish himself in business. There, he met his future wife, the highly intelligent and equally ambitious Whitney Duan who was determined to make her mark within China's male-dominated society. Whitney and Desmond formed an effective team and, aided by relationships they formed with top members of the red aristocracy, vaulted into China's billionaire class. Soon they were developing the massive air cargo facility at Beijing International Airport, and they followed that feat with the creation of one of Beijing's premier hotels. They were dazzlingly successful, traveling in private jets, funding multi-million-dollar buildings and endowments, and purchasing expensive homes, vehicles, and art. But in 2017, their fates diverged irrevocably when Desmond, while residing overseas with his son, learned that his now ex-wife Whitney had vanished along with three coworkers. This is both Desmond's story and Whitney's, because she cannot tell it herself"-- Book Synopsis "THE BOOK CHINA DOESN'T WANT YOU TO READ."--CNN? A riveting insider's story of how the Party and big money work in China today, by a man who, with his wife, Whitney Duan, rose to the zenith of power and wealth--and then fell out of favor. She was disappeared four years ago. News of this book led to a phone call from Whitney, proof that she's alive. As Desmond Shum was growing up impoverished in China, he vowed his life would be different. Through hard work and sheer tenacity he earned an American college degree and returned to his native country to establish himself in business. There, he met his future wife, the highly intelligent and equally ambitious Whitney Duan who was determined to make her mark within China's male-dominated society. Whitney and Desmond formed an effective team and, aided by relationships they formed with top members of China's Communist Party, the so-called red aristocracy, he vaulted into China's billionaire class. Soon they were developing the massive air cargo facility at Beijing International Airport, and they followed that feat with the creation of one of Beijing's premier hotels. They were dazzlingly successful, traveling in private jets, funding multi-million-dollar buildings and endowments, and purchasing expensive homes, vehicles, and art. But in 2017, their fates diverged irrevocably when Desmond, while residing overseas with his son, learned that his now ex-wife Whitney had vanished along with three coworkers. This is both Desmond's story and Whitney's, because she has not been able to tell it herself. Review Quotes A Financial Times Best Book of 2021 "A memoir that shows how the Chinese government keeps business in line -- and what happens when businesspeople overstep...Red Roulette shows how government officials keep the rules fuzzy and the threat of a crackdown ever present." --The New York Times "Shum knew he was picking a fight with the CCP the minute he decided to write Red Roulette and is aware he is now a marked man -- he has reviewed his will and made sure his affairs are in order. 'This is my David and Goliath fight," he says. 'Except it's Goliath times a million.'" --The Sunday Times (UK) "Red Roulette is quickly shaping up to be the new must-read among observers of Chinese elite politics.....A vivid portrait of the splashy lifestyles of China's business and political elites...Shum deploys his piquant sense of detail and offers a rare glimpse into the webs and knots of China's political and business royalty." --The Diplomat "Full of fabulous titbits....It's [the] level of detail on Beijing's inner workings--published in English for the world to read--that has clearly spooked the communist high command....A singular, highly readable insider account of the most secretive of global powers." --The Spectator "Red Roulette was already shaping up as a must-read account of corruption at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party. But the sudden reemergence last week of Whitney Duan, Shum's former wife, four years after disappearing into apparent arbitrary detention in Beijing, has made the book a news story." --POLITICO, China Watcher "Offers a rare peek into the luxe lifestyles of China's elites...a vivid portrait." --The Washington Post "The machine was right to be worried. Large scandals of the recent past are revisited in Red Roulette... [The book] details an elite China built on secrets and fear, in which family ties are one of the only reliable bonds of trust." --David Rennie, The Economist "Gripping...sensational...rich, nuanced, and helped change my mind about much that I thought I understood about China." --David
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