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City on Fire

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A must-read book on the situation in Hong Kong. An important and illuminating account of the recent protests, their tactics and the causes of the protests. Clearly written, this is an accessible and engaging read.

If you are familiar with Dapiran's other work (for example, his Penguin Special, "City of Protest"), then you should also enjoy this book.
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All I remember hearing about Hong Kong were protests, and that it was really bad. When I started to read, I was wondering what is the link between these people and the protests? As I kept reading, I was learning more and more about the protests. Not only about what happened, but what tactics protesters used, how the government replied, what went wrong, and what went right. What the breaking moments were. Definitely a great book for everyone who wants to learn about what happened. Very educational, full of information.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Scribe UK for sending me an ebook ARC of this title.

Being interested in politics, I always look for books that can be gripping as a novel, relevant to current events, and dense in content. This book had all of these elements, making it a great and essential read for anyone interested in the 2019 Hong Kong situation. 

Not only did Dapiran refer to the earlier Umbrella movement (2014), he also pointed out the screenings of the documentary 'Winter on Fire: Ukraine's fight for freedom', bringing up the essence of a revolution and putting it into perspective in relation to other events involving geographical takeover.

I thought that the analysis of Poon Hiu-wing's murder as a spark for the revolution was striking, evocative and cleverly used. Here, Dapiran's legal knowledge sheds the light on legal and political incentives that drove China to take measures in West Kowloon.   

I loved the details of this book and the different point of views from Hong Kong and China. I would have appreciated a more "objective" analysis that would have presented the events in a grey light rather than pointing out a dark side and a light side of things. The use of pathos appeal is the reason that made me knock one star off my rating.

Again, I really enjoyed that read and I highly recommend it.
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I had followed the news on the uprising in Hongkong a couple months back, and the horrific videos and articles I found online had given me a fright, and it was the same feeling I had upon reading this book. Just chills everywhere. This book pretty much gives you a round, clear understanding of how this uprising came to be and why the people of Hongkong are furious. Eye-opening, terrifying, a must-read.
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I have seen the situation in Hong Kong on the news, but like many people that do not live there I only knew what the news showed me.  Reading this book gave me a look at what someone that actually is affected by the events there is experiencing.  The author wrote an account of what is happening and how it is not unique for that area.  It was also interesting to read about how the author thinks that these events will shape the future of Hong Kong and other areas.
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