This book tells the story of Jin Lan McCann, a Chinese woman who experienced China’s Cultural Revolution, economic reform and the rapid economic development, then immigrated to the United States. Without a college education, she became one of the first millionaires in China, but spent her wealth saving her ex-boyfriend from a sentence of death. After marrying an American lawyer and receiving an economics degree from Wellesley college, her blog on sina.com, developed 8 years and had over 100,000 readers, received its own death penalty when shut down by the Chinese government. She then realized that she had never been truly free, she could not know she was a chained slave because everyone in that society was brainwashed since birth, and that process never stops. Since then, she spent 5 years to study the modern Chinese history and the society, try to unravel the myths of the modern Chinese history and the so-called Chinese model of development. She also offered her views of the western democracy and believes it will require enormous efforts to withstand the challenges of losing its world leadership position.
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