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Out of the Gobi


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Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi Author's Note xiii Prologue 1 Chapter 1 Man-Made Famine 5 Chapter 2 School Cut Short 21 Chapter 3 Storm of Revolution 35 Chapter 4 Turmoil Under Heaven 53 Chapter 5 Exiled to the Gobi 77 Chapter 6 Digging for Potatoes 93 Chapter 7 War Is Coming 109 Chapter 8 Repairing the Earth 123 Chapter 9 Battling Frozen Lake 137 Chapter 10 The Longest Night 159 Chapter 11 Unforgettable Movie Night 173 Chapter 12 Barefoot Doctor 185 Chapter 13 Brickmaking the Ancient Way 213 Chapter 14 Petition to Mao 237 Chapter 15 Pigs Don't Fly 249 Chapter 16 Half the Sky 267 Chapter 17 Desert Dreams of College 281 Chapter 18 Last Convulsions of the Revolution 305 Chapter 19 Roads to Rome 331 Chapter 20 Old Gold Mountain 345 Chapter 21 The People's Republic of Berkeley 379 Chapter 22 Ivy League Professor 403 Epilogue 437 Index 445

About the Author

WEIJIAN SHAN is chairman and CEO of PAG, a private equity firm. Prior to PAG, he was a partner at TPG, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, and co-managing partner at TPG Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital). He led a number of landmark transactions, including the acquisitions of Korea First Bank and China's Shenzhen Development Bank, both of which made his investors billions of dollars in profits and were made into case studies by Harvard Business School. Previously, Shan was a managing director at JP Morgan, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a farm laborer in China's Gobi Desert. He holds an MA and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He studied English at Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade (now University of International Business and Economics), where he also taught as a faculty member. He received no formal secondary education.

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