Red Roulette is the memoir of estranged emissary of China's dizzying economic rise, Desmond Shum

By David Ferrell
January 28 2022 - 1:00pm
  • Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today's China, by Desmond Shum. Simon & Schuster, $32.99.

You are born in Shanghai, the only son in a typically struggling family. A generation ago your family had certainty, means, even prestige, but the cultural revolution, as it did for all of China, proved a reversal of fortunes. How, starting here, do you become a multimillionaire? On what tides do you rise? What do you see in a life journeying up the red ladder?