My Uncle Zhou Enlai honestly and sincerely records the bounds and inﬂuence of Zhou Enlai’s conduct, behavior and idealism from the perspective of author Zhou Erliu’s family history, personal experiences, and strong data proof. This new, over 200,000-word book is divided into seven sections including “The Zhou Family’s Social Standing”, “I and Uncle Zhou Enlai and Aunt Deng Yingchao”, “The Storms of Building the Nation”, “The Time of the Cultural Revolution”, “An Eternal Reminiscence”, “The Correction and Clarifcation of Historical Facts”, and “Carrying out the Wishes of the Deceased”.
The author Zhou Erliu received nurturing and aid for many years from Mr. and Mrs. Zhou Enlai, and was the closest nephew to Prime Minister Zhou Enlai at work and in life. He was deeply influenced by them and possessed an innumerable amount of precious firsthand news and information, all these establishing the basis for the true emergence of Zhou Enlai in his book. This book has countless exclusive historical facts revealed for the frst time, including the inﬂuence of Zhou Enlai’s ancestors on him, a pillow side book from his last days along with his aspiration to write the novel Family Branch, his thoughts and views revealed in front of his family from the establishment of the New China to the “Cultural Revolution”, Deng Yingchao’s telling of the true cause for Zhou Enlai’s passing, and more.
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Zhou Erliu, born in Shanghai, in 1929, graduated from Nankai University, once serving as head of the Chinese Center of Social Development Research, vice principle of Beijing University,cultural counselor of Chinese Embassy in UK, advisor and researcher at Nankai University’s Zhou Enlai Research Center, bureau-level officials in the International Department, Ministry of Culture and Foreign Cultural Council. Since the reform and opening-up policy was implemented, he has published many books and articles on social science research, he was the chief editor of On Coordinated Development of Urban-rural Areas (key project of the National Philosophy and Social Science’s “Seventh Five-Year Plan”) in the 80’s.