Written by Ethan Gutmann
The inside story of China's organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong.
Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state's secret program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs--in many cases to Western recipients. Based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who have killed prisoners on the operating table, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann has produced a riveting insider's account--culminating in a death toll that will shock the world.
Why would the Chinese leadership encourage such a dangerous perversion of their medical system? To solve the puzzle, Gutmann journeyed deep into the dissident archipelago of Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uighurs and House Christians, uncovering an ageless drama of resistance, eliciting confessions of deep betrayal and moments of ecstatic redemption.
In an age of compassion fatigue, Gutmann relies on one simple truth: those who have made it back from the gates of hell have stories to tell. And no matter what baggage the reader may bring along, their preconceptions of China will not survive the trip.
“The Slaughter is gripping, horrifying, infuriating—and utterly compelling. If you care about China, if you care about human rights, if you care about human dignity . . . read this book.”
—William Kristol, editor, Weekly Standard
“A shocking account filled with detailed personal research, carefully weighed, of a horrifying and gruesome aspect of China’s economic boom. Ethan Gutmann reveals how the organ-harvesting business symbiotically developed out of the fierce retribution meted out to the Chinese Communist Party’s enemies—Uyghurs, Tibetans, and above all Falun Gong practitioners. He explains how the organ harvesting of executed prisoners has helped make the China gulag profitable.”
—Jasper Becker, author of Hungry Ghosts: Mao’s Secret Famine
“Drawing on extensive interviews and patient compilation of numbers, names, places, and dates, Ethan Gutmann reports China’s shocking persecution of prisoners of conscience, including torture in prisons and labor camps and organ harvesting for profit. Some chapters make for gruesome reading. All shout out the need for more international attention, investigation, and accountability.”
—Congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organization Subcommittee
“This book will be banned in China. And that is a tragedy.”
—Chen Guangcheng, Chinese civil rights activist
About the Author
Ethan Gutmann, an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator, is the author of Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal. He has written widely on China issues for publications such as the Wall Street Journal Asia, Investor's Business Daily, Weekly Standard, National Review, and World Affairs journal, and he has provided testimony and briefings to the United States Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the European Parliament, the International Society for Human Rights in Geneva, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Ottawa, Canberra, Dublin, Edinburgh, and London. A former foreign-policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, Gutmann has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and CNBC.
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