Prisoner of Conscience

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am


Prisoner of Conscience
by Frank Wolf
Zondervan (audiobook)

In 1997 US Republican Congressman Frank Wolf sneaked into Tibet for four days, masquerading as a tourist. After he 'exposed the oppression, the torture, and the sheer, everyday misery of life under the Chinese' the government placed armed troops in riot gear on Lhasa's streets and ordered Americans to leave Tibet. It also acknowledged it had built three prisons in Tibet, which held 2,000 prisoners, many of whom, Wolf says, were prisoners of conscience. A long-time critic of China's human-rights abuses, Wolf writes that the central government keeps an eye on what he does, and in 2006 targeted his computers in a cyber attack that erased details of human-rights activists and dissidents. Wolf tells it as he sees it, rarely braking for balance as he crusades for human and religious rights in China and other countries. The Christian motivation behind his campaign is overt so there are Biblical quotes aplenty. Unfortunately, narrator Jim Meskimen sounds too young to be Wolf, 72, who should have undertaken the job himself, given his oratorial skills.