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Book Wild Swans

Download or read book Wild Swans written by Jung Chang and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2008-06-20 with total page 592 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

Book Wild Swans

Download or read book Wild Swans written by Jung Chang and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2003-08-12 with total page 592 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Chinese woman chronicles the struggle of her grandmother, her mother, and herself to survive in a China torn apart by wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval, from 1907 to the present.

Book Wild Swans

Download or read book Wild Swans written by Jung Chang and published by HarperCollins UK. This book was released on 2007 with total page 728 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the story of three generations of women in a Chinese family and mirrors the tumultuous history of twentieth century China. Jung Chang's grandmother was born into the feudal China of 1909. Her feet were bound and at the age of 15 she was given to a warlord general as a concubine. Her daughter grew up in occupied Manchuria and became active in the underground Nationalist movement. After many epic exploits, she and her guerilla lover became senior Communist officials. After a privileged childhood, Jung Chang became a Red Guard, but faced with the destructiveness of the Cultural Revolution, began to question Mao - a step which was to have momentous consequences for her and her family.

Book Big Sister  Little Sister  Red Sister

Download or read book Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister written by Jung Chang and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2019 with total page 434 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The most famous sisters in China, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power during a time of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations. Red Sister, Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen; Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek; Big Sister, Ei-Ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser, and made herself one of China's richest women.

Book The Search for Modern China

Download or read book The Search for Modern China written by Jonathan D. Spence and published by W. W. Norton & Company. This book was released on 1990 with total page 1054 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. The Search for Modern China offers a matchless introduction to China's history.

Book Empress Dowager Cixi

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jung Chang
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release : 2013-10-29
  • ISBN : 0307363120
  • Pages : 431 pages

Download or read book Empress Dowager Cixi written by Jung Chang and published by Random House Canada. This book was released on 2013-10-29 with total page 431 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the beloved, internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans, and co-author of the bestselling Mao: The Unknown Story, the dramatic, epic biography of the unusual woman who ruled China for 50 years, from concubine to Empress, overturning centuries of traditions and formalities to bring China into the modern world. A woman, an Empress of immense wealth who was largely a prisoner within the compound walls of her palaces, a mother, a ruthless enemy, and a brilliant strategist: Chang makes a compelling case that Cixi was one of the most formidable and enlightened rulers of any nation. Cixi led an intense and singular life. Chosen at the age of 12 to be a concubine by the Emperor Xianfeng, she gave birth to his only male heir who at four was designated Emperor when his father died in 1861. In a brilliant move, the young woman enlisted the help of the Emperor's widow and the two women orchestrated a coup that ousted the regents and made Cixi sole Regent. Untrained and untaught, the two studied history and politics together, ruling the huge nation from behind a curtain. When her boy died, Cixi designated a young nephew as Emperor, continuing her reign till her death in 1908. Chang gives us a complex, riveting portrait of Cixi through a reign as long as that of her fellow Empress, Victoria, whom she longed to meet: her ruthlessness in fighting off rivals; her curiosity to learn; her reliance on Westerners who she placed in key positions; and her sensitivity and desire to preserve the distinctiveness of China's past while overturning traditions (she, as Chang reveals--not Mao, as he claimed--banned footbinding) and exposing its culture to western ideas and technology.

Book Mao


    Book Details:
  • Author : Jung Chang
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 2011-10-05
  • ISBN : 0307807134
  • Pages : 857 pages

Download or read book Mao written by Jung Chang and published by Anchor. This book was released on 2011-10-05 with total page 857 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle in China who have never talked before — and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was not driven by idealism or ideology; his intimate and intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese occupation of much of China; and he schemed, poisoned, and blackmailed to get his way. After Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream he caused the deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. In all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao’s rule — in peacetime.

Book Wild Swans

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jung Chang
  • Publisher : HarperPerennial
  • Release : 2003
  • ISBN : 9780007170760
  • Pages : 666 pages

Download or read book Wild Swans written by Jung Chang and published by HarperPerennial. This book was released on 2003 with total page 666 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A New Edition Of One Of The Best-Selling And Best-Loved Books Of Recent Years, With A New Introduction By The Author. The Publication Of Wild Swans In 1991 Was A Worldwide Phenomenon. Not Only Did It Become The Best-Selling Non-Fiction Book In British Publishing History, With Sales Of Well Over Two Million, It Was Received With Unanimous Critical Acclaim, And Was Named The Winner Of The 1992 Ncr Book Award And The 1993 British Book Of The Year Award. Few Books Have Ever Had Such An Impact On Their Readers. Through The Story Of Three Generations Of Women Grandmother, Mother And Daughter Wild Swans Tells Nothing Less Than The Whole Tumultuous History Of China S Tragic Twentieth Century, From Sword-Bearing Warlords To Chairman Mao, From The Manchu Empire To The Cultural Revolution. At Times Terrifying, At Times Astonishing, Always Deeply Moving, Wild Swans Is A Book In A Million, A True Story With All The Passion And Grandeur Of A Great Novel. For This New Edition, Jung Chang Has Written A New Introduction, Bringing Her Own Story Up To Date, And Describing The Effect Wild Swans Success Has Had On Her Life.

Book Gabriele d Annunzio

Download or read book Gabriele d Annunzio written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett and published by Anchor. This book was released on 2013-08-20 with total page 608 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Godfather to Mussolini, national hero of Italy and the WWI irredentist movement, literary icon of Joyce and Pound, lover of actress Eleonora Duse: here is Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s extraordinary biography of Gabriele d’Annunzio, poet, bon vivant, harbinger of Italian fascism. Gabriele d’Annunzio was Italy’s premier poet at a time when poetry mattered enough to trigger riots. A brilliant self-publicist in the first age of mass media, he used his fame to sell his work, seduce women, and promote his extreme nationalism. In 1915 d’Annunzio’s incendiary oratory helped drive Italy to enter the First World War, in which he achieved heroic status as an aviator. In 1919 he led a troop of mutineers into the Croatian port of Fiume and there a delinquent city-state. Futurists, anarchists, communists, and proto-fascists descended on the city. So did literati and thrill seekers, drug dealers, and prostitutes. After fifteen months an Italian gunship brought the regime to an end, but the adventure had its sequel: three years later, the fascists marched on Rome, belting out anthems they’d learned in Fiume, as Mussolini consciously modeled himself after the great poet. At once an aesthete and a militarist, d’Annunzio wrote with equal enthusiasm about Fortuny gowns and torpedoes, and enjoyed making love on beds strewn with rose petals as much as risking death as an aviator. Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s stunning biography vividly re-creates his flamboyant life and dramatic times, tracing the early twentieth century’s trajectory from Romantic idealism to world war and fascist aggression.

Book Mme Sun Yat Sen  Soong Ching ling

Download or read book Mme Sun Yat Sen Soong Ching ling written by Jung Chang and published by Penguin Group. This book was released on 1986 with total page 158 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book When the Plums Are Ripe

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  • Author : Patrice Nganang
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 2019-08-13
  • ISBN : 0374719306
  • Pages : 368 pages

Download or read book When the Plums Are Ripe written by Patrice Nganang and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This book was released on 2019-08-13 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The second volume in a magisterial trilogy, the story of Cameroon caught between empires during World War II In Cameroon, plum season is a highly anticipated time of year. But for the narrator of When the Plums Are Ripe, the poet Pouka, the season reminds him of the “time when our country had discovered the root not so much of its own violence as that of the world’s own, and, in response, had thrown its sons who at that time were called Senegalese infantrymen into the desert, just as in the evenings the sellers throw all their still-unsold plums into the embers.” In this novel of radiant lyricism, Patrice Nganang recounts the story of Cameroon’s forced entry into World War II, and in the process complicates our own understanding of that globe-spanning conflict. After the fall of France in 1940, Cameroon found itself caught between Vichy and the Free French at a time when growing nationalism advised allegiance to neither regime, and was ultimately dragged into fighting throughout North Africa on behalf of the Allies. Moving from Pouka’s story to the campaigns of the French general Leclerc and the battles of Kufra and Murzuk, Nganang questions the colonial record and recenters African perspectives at the heart of Cameroon’s national history, all the while writing with wit and panache. When the Plums Are Ripe is a brilliantly crafted, politically charged epic that challenges not only the legacies of colonialism but the intersections of language, authority, and history itself.

Book The Vagrants

    Book Details:
  • Author : Yiyun Li
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2009-02-03
  • ISBN : 1588367738
  • Pages : 353 pages

Download or read book The Vagrants written by Yiyun Li and published by Random House. This book was released on 2009-02-03 with total page 353 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In luminous prose, award-winning author Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of unforgettable characters who are forced to make moral choices, and choices for survival, in China in the late 1970s. Shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River. A young woman, Gu Shan, a bold spirit and a follower of Chairman Mao, has renounced her faith in Communism. Now a political prisoner, she is to be executed for her dissent. Her distraught mother, determined to follow the custom of burning her only child’s clothing to ease her journey into the next world, is about to make another bold decision. Shan’s father, Teacher Gu, who has already, in his heart and mind, buried his rebellious daughter, begins to retreat into memories. Neither of them imagines that their daughter’s death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond. In luminous prose, Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of these and other unforgettable characters, including a serious seven-year-old boy, Tong; a crippled girl named Nini; the sinister idler Bashi; and Kai, a beautiful radio news announcer who is married to a man from a powerful family. Life in a world of oppression and pain is portrayed through stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage, and belief. We read of delicate moments and acts of violence by mothers, sons, husbands, neighbors, wives, lovers, and more, as Gu Shan’s execution spurs a brutal government reaction. Writing with profound emotion, and in the superb tradition of fiction by such writers as Orhan Pamuk and J. M. Coetzee, Yiyun Li gives us a stunning novel that is at once a picture of life in a special part of the world during a historic period, a universal portrait of human frailty and courage, and a mesmerizing work of art. Praise for The Vagrants “She bridges our world to the Chinese world with a mind that is incredibly supple and subtle.”—W Magazine “A Balzacian look at one community’s suppressed loves and betrayals.”—Vogue “A sweeping novel of struggle, survival, and love in the time of oppression. . . . [an] illuminating, morally complex, and symphonic novel.”—O Magazine

Book Son of the Revolution

Download or read book Son of the Revolution written by Liang Heng and published by Vintage. This book was released on 1984-02-12 with total page 324 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An account of growing up during China's Great Cultural Revolution.

Book Life and Death in Shanghai

Download or read book Life and Death in Shanghai written by Cheng Nien and published by Grove/Atlantic, Inc.. This book was released on 2010-12-14 with total page 561 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A woman who spent more than six years in solitary confinement during Communist China's Cultural Revolution discusses her time in prison. Reissue. A New York Times Best Book of the Year.

Book Made in China

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jasper Becker
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2021-12-01
  • ISBN : 1787386120
  • Pages : 344 pages

Download or read book Made in China written by Jasper Becker and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2021-12-01 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What might COVID-19 mean for, and reveal about, China's place in the world? The coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, home to the leading lab studying the SARS virus and bats. Was that pure coincidence? This book explores what we know, and still don't know, about the origins of COVID-19, and how it was handled in China. We may never get all the answers, but much is already clear: China's record as the origin of earlier pandemics, and its struggle to bring contagious diseases under control; its history as both a victim of biological warfare and a developer of deadly bioweapons. When Covid broke out, Wuhan was building science parks to realise Beijing's ambitions in biotech research. Whoever achieves global leadership of the gene-editing industry stands to harvest great power and wealth. China has already challenged Western technological supremacy with 5G and in other industries. Yet this tiny, invisible virus has cruelly exposed a critical flaw in the Chinese political system: obsessive secrecy. The West wanted to trust the PRC, hoping that, as it prospered, it would become an open society. Made in China reveals how Beijing's leaders have betrayed that trust.

Book The Soong Sisters

    Book Details:
  • Author : Emily Hahn
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 2014-04-01
  • ISBN : 149761953X
  • Pages : 428 pages

Download or read book The Soong Sisters written by Emily Hahn and published by Open Road Media. This book was released on 2014-04-01 with total page 428 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “If the story of the Soong family were told as fiction, people would say it was fascinating but too improbable. . . . A dramatic human chronicle . . . engrossing.” —The New York Times Book Review In the early twentieth century, few women in China were to prove so important to the rise of Chinese nationalism and liberation from tradition as the three extraordinary Soong sisters—Eling, Chingling and Mayling—who would each marry historic figures. Told with wit and verve by New Yorker correspondent Emily Hahn, a remarkable woman in her own right, the biography of the Soong sisters reveals the story of China through both World Wars. It also chronicles the changes to Shanghai as they relate to a very eccentric family that had the courage to speak out against the ruling regime. Greatly influencing the history of modern China, they interacted with their government and military to protect the lives of those who could not be heard, and appealed to the West to support China during the Japanese invasion. “[A] first-rate reportorial job on three distinguished women.” —Kirkus Reviews “A spirited, well-informed book . . . a fascinating saga . . . Hahn skillfully interweaves the personal material which she has collected in abundance with some indispensable background knowledge of Chinese history.” —The Atlantic

Book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Download or read book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan written by Lisa See and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2011-10-17 with total page 353 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers startling news: if Lily's feet are bound properly, they will be flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman's eligibility is judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo the agonies of footbinding, learn nu shu, the famed secret women's writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.