About the Authors

schellOrville Schell, born in New York in 1940, graduated from Harvard University and then spent several years in the Far East studying Chinese. He covered the war in Indochina, then returned to do Ph.D. work at the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Schell has written for The New Yorker, Life, Rolling Stone, Look, Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. He is the author of In The People’s Republic, co-editor of the first three volumes of The China Reader, and co-author of Modern China. His other books include The Town That Fought to Save Itself and Brown.


deluryJohn Delury is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies and Underwood International College, teaching modern Chinese history and East Asian relations. John is a senior fellow of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations, term member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and Leadership Council member for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. John received his BA, MA, and PhD in Chinese history from Yale University, studying under Jonathan Spence. He was a visiting professor at Columbia, Brown and Peking University.