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Big sister, little sister, red sister : three women at the heart of twentieth-century China
Big sister, little sister, red sister : three women at the heart of twentieth-century China

Three women at the heart of twentieth-century China

3 women at the heart of twentieth-century China
Chang, Jung, 1952- author.
Personal Author:
First United States edition.
Physical Description:
xx, 374 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Borzoi book."
The road to the republic (1866-1911). The rise of the father of China -- Soong Charlie: a methodist preacher and a secret revolutionary -- The sisters and Sun Yat-sen (1912-1925). Ei-ling: a 'mighty smart' young lady -- China embarks on democracy -- The marriages of Ei-ling and Ching-ling -- To become Mme Sun -- 'I wish to follow the example of my friend Lenin' -- The sisters and Chiang Kai-shek (1926-1936) -- Shanghai ladies -- May-ling meets the Generalissimo -- Married to a beleaguered dictator -- Ching-ling in exile: Moscow, Berlin, Shanghai -- The husband and wife team -- Getting Chiang's Son back from Stalin's clutches -- 'A woman protects a man' -- The sisters in wars (1937-1950). Bravery and corruption -- Red sister's frustration -- Little sister's triumph and misery -- The downfall of the Chiang regime -- Three women, three destinies (1949-2003). 'We must crush warm-feeling-ism': being Mao's vice chairman -- 'I have no regrets' -- Taiwan days -- The Hollywood connection -- New York, New York -- In the face of a changed time.
They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the "Father of China," Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposed political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal that takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China. -- From dust jacket.
Bibliographical References:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-354) and index.
Field 805:
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