The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China

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Harvard University Press, Apr 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 736 pages
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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Chiang Kai-Shek (also Jiang Jieshi) was one of the most polarising Chinese figures of the twentieth century, equally celebrated as the victor over the Japanese and reviled as the man who lost the ... Read full review

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The author works hard to show that Chiang's personal honor, almost ascetic life and cunning intelligence absolve him from the horrors of leading civil war. At least, Chiang did not kill a whole social ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
I Revolution
5
II War of Resistance
139
III Civil War
337
IV The Island
409
Epilogue
589
Notes
597
Index
699
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Jay Taylor is a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University .

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