About the Program
June 4th marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in China. Former New York Times editor Harrison Salisbury was a guest on Booknotes in 1989 to discuss his book, "Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June." While working on a documentary in China with a Japanese film crew, Mr. Salisbury witnessed the events leading up to and including the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The book is a polished version of the notes he recorded in his diary while in the country. He also talks about Chinese personalities such as Deng Xiaoping, Li Peng and Hu Yuobang. Harrison Salsibury died in 1993 at the age of 84.
Harrison Salisbury was a reporter for the Minneapolis Journal, (1928-29); United Press, (1930-49); and New York Times, (1949-74) He won the Pulitzer Prize for international correspondence in 1955 and was the New York Times Op-Ed editor from 1970-73. He was also the author of 25 other books, including, "Russia on the Way," "The Shook-up Generation," "Orbit of China," "The Many Americas Shall Be One," "The Long March: The Untold Story" and "The Great Black Dragon Fire."
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