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

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Grove Press, 2007 - 557 頁
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 official and unofficial 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. In a life that spanned the twentieth century (1898-2003), Madame Chiang was inextricably entwined with China's tempestuous evolution from the imperial Qing Dynasty to the end of colonialism in Hong Kong. Raised in one of China's most powerful families--the Soongs, subject of Sterling Seagrave's best-selling book The Soong Dynasty--and educated at Wellesley College, Soong Mayling went on to become wife, adviser, interpreter, and propagandist to Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. During the long struggle that erupted between Nationalists and the Communists after the death of Sun Yat-sen, Mayling was pitted against her own sister, Ching Ling, Sun's pro-Communist widow. An international crusader who continued speaking out against Communism well into her nineties, Mayling sparred with 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 her husband's brutal oppression. Madame Chiang embodies the complicated dialogue that has shaped twentieth-century relations between China and America. The result of years of research including access to previously classified CIA, Taiwanese, and diplomatic files, Madame Chiang Kai-shek objectively evaluates the legacy of the 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 ... 閱讀評論全文

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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
301
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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