The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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Harvard University Press, Apr 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 722 pages
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One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China's rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. Drawing heavily on Chinese sources including Chiang's diaries, The Generalissimo provides the most lively, sweeping, and objective biography yet of a man whose length of uninterrupted, active engagement at the highest levels in the march of history is excelled by few, if any, in modern history.
 

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Review: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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Someone I knew very little about. I'm now enlightened. This was an interesting book however it was a bit too long and detailed for me. The writing style was lucid and flowed well so it wasn't difficult to read, just a bit long. Read full review

Review: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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This voluminous book was quite good when it focused on Chiang Kai-Shek and those closest to him, but when it came to the minor characters they were an underdeveloped flurry of names. Read full review

Contents

A NeoConfucian Youth
7
The Northern Expedition and Civil War
49
The Nanking Decade
97
War of Resistance
139
The Long War Begins
141
Chiang and His American Allies
194
The China Theater
245
Yalta Manchuria and Postwar Strategy
296
The Great Failure
378
The Island
409
Streams in the Desert
411
Managing the Protector
454
Shifting Dynamics
503
Nixon and the Last Years
547
Epilogue
589
Notes
597

Civil War
337
Chimera of Victory
339

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About the author (2009)

Jay Taylor is a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

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