Chiang Kai-shek's Secret Past: The Memoir of His Second Wife, Ch?en Chieh-ju

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Westview Press, 1993 - History - 273 pages
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In 1919, on the eve of the Nationalist Revolution, 32-year-old Chiang Kai-shek met a naive 13-year-old whom he proceeded to pursue relentlessly. Two years later, Chen Chieh-ju finally agreed to marry her brash and forceful suitor, beginning a seven-year marriage. Constantly at her husband's side, Che'en Chieh-ju became witness to Chiang's single-minded pursuit of power in the Kuomintang and the political infighting and intrigue that marked his struggle for leadership. In this book, Chieh-ju chronicles their years together, revealing the lustful, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, stubborn and boundlessly ambitious man behind the mask.

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In his own time, Chiang Kai-shek had already become larger than life, yet he had another side that most people still do not know. He left his first wife to marry Ch'en Chieh-ju when she was 15 and ... Read full review

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Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois.

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