Hannah Pakula presents Madame Chiang as far more complex, awful and brilliant than we had imagined... absorbing... we see a brilliant, scheming, deliberately alluring, brave corrupt chameleon of a woman who was Chiang's main weapon in playing the Americans for nearly all they were worth. (Jonathan Mirsky THE SCOTSMAN )
Manipulative and glamorous, Madame Chiang beguiled the US and kept her husband in favour... well-illustrated... well-written history of modern China (Brenda Maddox THE TIMES )
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek had a major hand in the founding of Modern China, acting as champion, secretary, advisor and translator to her husband Chiang Kai-Shek... Her story is told with great authority by Hannah Pakula. ( CHOICE MAGAZINE )
fascinating... Pakula's story of May-ling's conquest of America is extraordinary. ( THE GUARDIAN )
an engrossing life which spanned the 20th century and included a cast of extraordinary admirers, from Chinese warlords to Churchill... the book is full of fascinating detail ( THE SPECTATOR )
Beautiful, powerful and sexy, Madame Chiang Kai-shek was at the centre of one of the great dramas of the twentieth century: the founding of modern China, beginning with a revolution that swept away more than 2,000 years of monarchy, followed by the Second World War and ending in eventual loss to the Communists and exile in Taipei.
An epic historical tapestry, this beautifully wrought narrative revolves around a fascinating, manipulative woman and her family: her father, a peasant who raised himself into Shanghai society and sent his daughters to college in America at a time when Chinese women were purposefully kept uneducated; her mother, an unlikely aristocratic Methodist from the Mandarin class; her husband, a dogmatic warlord who became Generalissimo of China; one sister, the wife of Sun Yat-sen; the other, married to the seventy-fifth lineal descendant of Confucius; and her older brother, a financial genius.
This family, along with their partners in marriage, was largely responsible for dragging China into the modern world. Soong May-ling, or Madame Chiang as she was known, who died in 2003 at the age of 106, is uniquely positioned at the heart of this story. As her husband came to represent the hopes of the West in the East, she acted as his adviser, English translator, secretary, and most loyal champion, finding herself on the world stage with Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. A savvy politician, she remained a popular if controversial figure both at home and abroad.
Hannah Pakula brilliantly narrates the life of this extraordinary woman - how she charmed the United States out of billions of dollars while remaining dedicated to her China, and how she managed to influence if not change the history of the twentieth century.
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Descripción Simon & Schuster, NY, 2009. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. Photo Illus in b&w Ilustrador. First Edition. 787pp with Index. Black cloth. 1st Ed. with complete number line. Tight, bright, square copy. No remainder mark. Firm corners. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped, pictorial DJ ($35.00). Photo illus. in B&W. Soong May Ling's story is fastinating and well worth the time to read this lengthy bio. USPS Tracking included. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. History. Nº de ref. de la librería 16119
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