Tapes recorded by Zhou Ziyang while under house arrest have been made into “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhou Ziyang” (Simon & Schuster, $26).

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Zhao Ziyang, the Chinese economic-reform leader who opposed the crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989, has produced a posthumous book. Tapes recorded by Zhou while under house arrest have been made into “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhou Ziyang” (Simon & Schuster, $26).

An interesting point was his thoughts on trade and agriculture. It has often been noted how China privatized farming and that as a result, farmers had more to eat. Zhou repeats that story, and adds another, in a chapter called, “The Magic of Free Trade.”