Barton Biggs: The Sage of China

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The first time I ever spoke with Barton Biggs, I was squatting in my sister’s dorm room at Hong Kong University. It was 1994, and I had moved there without a job because it seemed like an exciting place for a young reporter to be. Many of the people I called for interviews would pretend they didn’t hear the Cantonese chatter in the common room, or seem irritated at dealing with an obvious amateur.

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