Beijing and Beyond
This photograph-rich memoir recounts a three-week trek through China's criminal justice system in 1981, just emerging from the destruction of the Cultural Revolution. You'll visit some seldom-seen institutions, like prisons and reform schools, but also meander through amusing commentary on what it is like to travel with 30 "well-heeled" professionals with an inflated sense of their own importance.
5-stars on Amazon
"A fascinating and delicious trip through the landcape of an evolving world power."
"So much enjoyment packed into such a compact read!"
"...a delightful trip into China in 1981 to allow a tour to look at the country's developing criminal justice system. There were times I felt like I was walking along with Michael..."
"I felt like I was right there with him. What a fascinating journey."
"I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Kroll's delightful writing style, which helped me conjure up the sights and sounds and mood pulsating throughout the book. It was fun and it reminded me of my two years in Asia and the wonderful people I met and befriended. In some ways it was reminiscent of The Ugly American, portraying the naivete and superior attitudes of many Americans when visiting countries outside their own, but it also captured Mr. Kroll's obvious love for those he encountered, their foods, their customs and their culture."
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