1. Introduction; 2. Changing fate (April 15 - May 19); 3. No place left unguarded (May 19 - 23); 4, Waiting for the moon May 24 - June 3); 5. Spilling blood (June 3-4); 6. Counting bodies (June 4); 7. Consequences (June 4-9); 8. Closing the century; Afterword; Acknowledgements; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
"The author has done a magnificent job of reconstructing the military mobilization in Beijing and the role of the People's Liberation Army in the bloody suppression of the Chinese people's movement... A moving book that vividly displays the extraordinary bravery of the residents of Beijing." - Pacific Affairs "The author skillfully weaves eyewitness accounts into a smoothly flowing narrative. Two maps of Beijing assist the reader in following the actions described, and there is a seful chronology of events. The work should interest both generalists and specialists, and spans the disciplines of history, political science, and sociology." - The China Quarterly "It took three and a half years for Brook to collect the pieces of this tragic puzzle. The result: a unique and vigorous study that does not try to find out 'who was wrong and who was right,' but concentrates on simple facts." - Liberation (Paris)