Forged in Purgatory joins a limited number of published works on the Cultural Revolution period. It is the first ever written and published by a high ranking political insider in English. This book provides an insider’s view of the political struggles of Chinese society and among its leadership during that chaotic time. It provides a rare look inside China’s political, legal and penal systems at a time of extreme stress. Wang provides the reader, with a long-term rational perspective on the troubled Cultural Revolution period. He shares important insights, hindsight and foresight which he hopes can help future generations.
Mr. Wang’s sense of justice, fairness and commitment to right over wrong reflects the fundamental principles and founding spirit of the Chinese Communist Party. This book provides guidance as China faces the challenges of corruption, personal self-interest over the collective good and local protectionism and unauthorized centers of power. Mr. Wang’s old-fashioned moral compass anchors a down-to-earth humanity that has never been diluted or diverted by anyone in power or in the name of any political slogan or justification. There are many lessons that can be applied to today’s China as she navigates towards the future. Wang seems to ask whether China’s people will build a future society where the livelihood and dignity of a common person is protected by rule of law and a vibrant institutionalized legal system.
The Epilogue by Wang’s wife Shi Luoming sings from the heart to law-abiding people everywhere who live their lives in radiant sunshine and breathe freedom.
Forged in Purgatory will touch you, teach you and deepen an appreciation about what is really important in living one’s life.
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