The Man Who Stayed Behind is the remarkable account of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who was sent to China by the U.S. military in the 1940s. A student activist and labor organizer who was fluent in Chinese, Rittenberg became caught up in the turbulence that engulfed China and remained there until the late 1970s. Even with access to China's highest leaders as an American communist, however, he was twice imprisoned for a total of sixteen years.
Both a memoir and a documentary history of the Chinese revolution from 1949 through the Cultural Revolution, The Man Who Stayed Behind provides a human perspective on China's efforts to build a new society. Critical of both his own mistakes and those of the Communist leadership, Rittenberg nevertheless gives an even-handed account of a country that is now free of internal war for the first time in a hundred years.
Sidney Rittenberg is President of Rittenberg Associates, Incorporated-a China consulting firm. He resides on Fox Island, Washington, with his wife, Yulin. Amanda Bennett is Managing Editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon and former Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal in Atlanta.
Notes on Spelling and Pronunciation Map Introduction / Michael Hunt Key Names 1. The Death of the Wood Fairy 2. The Famine 3. The New Fourth Army 4. In Mao's Caves 5. High Autumn and Bracing Weather 6. My Long March 7. The Year of Darkness 8. Learning to Live 9. The Brave New World 10. Redder Than Red 11. The Golden Age 12. A Leap in the Dark 13. The Great Hunger 14. The Inner Circle 15. The Good Life 16. Arouse the Masses 17. Smash Everything Old 18. Seize Power 19. Hold Power 20. Power Prevails 21. The Ice House 22. The Dynasty Collapses 23. Coming Home Epilogue Acknowledgments Index