"Shattering the Myths"

Shattering the Myths by Laurence Eyton is a collection of opinion pieces on Taiwan politics that were written in English, but appeared weekly in Chinese in the Taiwan Daily newspaper. The book has both Chinese and English versions of the articles.
The author continues to write for them and you can read his work on Thursdays.

Thanks! This is a must get for me.

Laurence Eyton’s publisher had a book launch this afternoon at the Howard Plaza Hotel. About 100 people attended along with Peng Ming-min being the luninary.

[quote]Prof. Peng Ming-min, born in 1923, was the former chairman of the department of political science of National Taiwan University before he was arrested in 1964 for drafting a manifesto calling for a new democratic constitution and Taiwan independence. In 1970 while under surveillance he eluded the secret police and escaped abroad.
He returned to Taiwan in 1992 after two decades of exile in the United States. Prof. Peng’s has significant support in the academic community. Many of his former students are now prominent university professors. He has gained some name recognition from speaking in political rallies and frequent press interviews.[/quote]
For now, Eyton is the foreigner darling boy of the DPP, it seems. If the pan-blues come to roost, however, he may have to enter the witness protection program. :sunglasses:
He gave a fine speech at the news conference which I can probably post at some later date, if anyone is interested.
I am not sure when the thing hits all the book stands, but it ought to be soon.
Here is the CNA Chinese story:
外籍記者艾頓新書展對台灣觀察 彭明敏推薦


艾頓Laurence Eyton是英國人,目前任職於英文﹁










taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ … 2003102648

Full Taipei Times story here.

So it’s about as unbiased as the Taipei Times.
Pity, it sounded interesting enough to buy otherwise.

Well, Wolf did specify that it was a collection of opinion pieces.

Oh yeah, so he did :blush: I guess I paying attention to the name of the book and was hoping it would be educational.
He could have said it in bigger letters thought. :stuck_out_tongue:

I tried to buy a copy at that super new Taipei 101 book store last Friday, but the clerk couldn’t find any record of it in their computer database. No wonder, as it’s only just been published this week! :blush: Anyway, I’m keen to get my hands on it as soon as possible, so I’ll go back to 101 to try again at the first opportunity.

Read this laughable review of Lawrence Eyton’s Chinese-language book on Taiwanese politics:
taipeitimes.com/News/feat/ar … 2003108129

This is a good example of reviewing a book without reading it first. The book is in Chinese and unless the reviewer must have spent half the night with a dictionary on this lap to go over the text, it’s fawning and dishonest.

In the review, Winterton wrote:

The author, Bradley Winterton even had the gall of comparing Taipei Times Associate Editor in Chief to William Cobbett, Winston Churchill, and Samuel Johnson.

The only similarities I see here between these figures and Eyton is

  1. Cobbett was an Englishman: Eyton is an Englishman.
  2. Winston Churchill liked brandy: Eyton is a drunk.
  3. Samuel Johnson is fat: Eyton is fat. (Samuel Johnson was also a drunk and an Englishman, therefore, he is the one closest to Eyton.)

The comparisons end here.

The book contains all articles in Chinese and English.

But it’s okay to review a book review without reading the book first? :smiling_imp: :wink:

Bradders does tend to gush in his reviews, but better a gusher than a slagger any day.

SCL Wrote:

I don’t have the book in front of me but, this is from the great reviewer himself:

It’s not okay to review a book without reading it first, but it’s okay to review a book review of a book without having reading that book.

Exqueeze me?

Whiskas2, I’m not quite sure what you mean in your most recent post. The book is in Chinese and English – as the quote you give confirms.

I think Whiskas2 means he has difficulty understanding plain English. :laughing:
In any case, I’m looking forward to reading Eyton’s book. After all, the undisputable fact that the reviewer cannot write his way out of a wet paper bag doesn’t reflect on the book itself.

I finished reading the book last night, and I’ve got to say it was very stimulating. He articulated a lot of thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for years now. At 380NT, it’s a very good bargain. Being written in CHinese AND English, it’s a great book to lend out to your less politically-aware friends - Taiwanese, Chinese OR western.

So Maoman, since it hasn’t been noted in previous posts – where did you get your copy?

Eslite. The Living Hell Mall branch was sold out, but the main branch at Anhe & Dunhua still had some copies.

A very good and exciting read indeed. I lost my copy shortly after my misus saw it - think it;s circulation among the outlaws now.

Some posters here might not like it, but no matter what political hue, you can learn a lot from it.

What are the major myths which this book shatters? Could anyone provide a listing of the important ones?