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Dragon Fighter:

One Woman’s Epic Struggle for Peace with China



with Alexandra Cavelius



Remarkable life

New York Times

“Extremely important”

Wall Street Journal


Washington Post

“Breathing fire”



Foreign Policy Magazine

“Voice for freedom”     

Weekly Standard


Brooks Foreign Policy Review


Democracy Digest

Hard-won wisdom

Publishers Weekly

“Ground-level insight ”    

Financial Times


Far Eastern Economic Review

Call for justice

The Times U.K.


Agence France-Presse


The Australian

“Woman of steel”

The Age, Australia


The Times of India

“Who Beijing fears”

Hindustan Times, India

A moral pillar

Rafto Foundation, Norway

“Full of integrity”    

Annelie Enochson, Swedish Parliament

Along the ancient Silk Road where Europe, Asia, and Russia converge stands the six-thousand-year-old homeland of a peaceful ethnic minority, the Uyghurs. Their culture is filled with music, dance, family, and a love of tradition passed down through the ages. Today there are approximately twenty million Uyghurs worldwide.

This remarkable autobiography traces the life of their transcendent leader Rebiya Kadeer from her humble beginnings to her position as an indomitable world figure struggling for Uyghur human rights in the face of the communist domination of The People’s Republic of China.

REBIYA KADEER is president of the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur American Association. She is devoted to the principles of non-violence. Her life story is one of legends. She was a refugee child, a self-made multimillionaire, and a high official in China’s National Congress. Later, the Chinese government jailed her as a political dissident for nearly six years—two of which were in solitary confinement in notoriously brutal conditions.

During her incarceration Human Rights Watch honored Mrs. Kadeer with its highest award, as did Norway’s Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. International pressure eventually brought about her release and exile to the United States.

$28.95 cloth

ISBN 978-0-9798456-1-1

6⅛ x 9¼ inches

24-page full color photograph section

426 pages / MEMOIR, Uyghur, human rights, China

ALEXANDRA CAVELIUS has been active as a freelance journalist and non-fiction author for many years. She has published numerous books including most recently the war biography Leila: The Story of a Bosnian Girl. She lives in Germany.