Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now by Joshua Wong

Books like this are difficult to review: do I review the book? or review of the topic presented? How about I do both?

The Book

The book was short and easy to get through. It is roughly divided into three parts: introduction of Wong's life and some of his accomplishments, (2) His journal of his time in jail, and (3) a description of how & why HK is under attack from China and how others can help.

I am very familiar with Joshua Wong and closely follow HK politics. I live in Taiwan so I am under a similar threat from China. The journal of his time in jail was interesting. It talked about his discussions with people who visited him, and other inmates. He also had journal entries that responded to current events that happened while he was in jail – these were the most interesting letters, obviously.

The strongest part of the book, the description of HK under attack, was the best part of the book too. Sadly, it was also the shortest part of the book. I'm not really sure who the audience for this book is supposed to be: it's too light on details for hard core Sinophiles like myself, but also jumps right into a very complicated situation with minimal preamble. On the strength of the book alone, this is only a 3 star book.

The Topic

Is this book particularly good? No, but the topic is very timely and very important to Asia, and the whole world. China is on a mission to make the world less free. Two businessmen are already being illegally detained in China. The COVID-19 pandemic shows that authoritarian governments like China are not good for the world.

Rating: ★★★★ Book #65 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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