Madame Chiang Kai-Shek: China's Eternal First Lady

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Grove Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 557 pages
Now in paperback, Madame Chiang Kai-shek is the first biography of one of history’s most intriguing and controversial political figures. Beautiful, brilliant, and captivating, Madame Chiang Kai-shek seized unprecedented power during China’s long and violent civil war. She passionately argued against Chinese Communism in the international arena and influenced decades of Sino-American relations and modern Chinese history. Raised in one of China’s most powerful families and educated at Wellesley College, Soong Mayling went on to become wife, chief adviser, interpreter, and propagandist to Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. She sparred with international leaders like Churchill and Roosevelt, and impressed Westerners and Chinese alike with her acumen, charm, and glamour. But she was also decried as a manipulative “Dragon Lady,” and despised for living in American-style splendor while Chinese citizens suffered under her husband’s brutal oppression. The result of years of extensive research in the United States and abroad, and written with access to previously classified CIA and diplomatic files, Madame Chiang Kai-shek objectively evaluates one of the most powerful and fascinating women of the twentieth century.
 

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A well-balanced biography of one of the most powerful women in Chinese history, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (née Soong May-ling), wife of Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.Li, a writer for ... Read full review

Contents

Little Lantern
5
Revelation to Revolution
11
Americas Moon Is Rounder
25
College Days
34
Belle of Shanghai
41
Man in Uniform
63
The Generalissimos Wife
85
New Life
99
The Storm Center
264
Taiwans Sorrow
283
Madame General
302
The Resurrection
321
Cold War White Terror
344
Return to the Mainland
370
Death of a Failed Messiah
398
Resurgam
427

Rescuing the Gimo
114
Undeclared War
132
Chungking
151
Little Sisters Easiest Conquest
168
Coming Home to America
193
Backfire
216
In the Shadow of the Pyramids
238
Diva at Dusk
443
Epilogue
465
Notes
483
Bibliography
523
Index
535
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