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Big sister, little sister, red sister : three women at the heart of twentieth-century China

Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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"They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Ai-ling Soong; Qingling Song; May-ling Soong Chiang; May-ling Soong Chiang; Qingling Song; Ai-ling Soong
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jung Chang
ISBN: 9780451493507 0451493508
OCLC Number: 1123192741
Notes: "A Borzoi book."
Description: xx, 374 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The road to the republic (1866-1911). The rise of the father of China --
Soong Charlie: a methodist preacher and a secret revolutionary --
The sisters and Sun Yat-sen (1912-1925). Ei-ling: a 'mighty smart' young lady --
China embarks on democracy --
The marriages of Ei-ling and Ching-ling --
To become Mme Sun --
'I wish to follow the example of my friend Lenin' --
The sisters and Chiang Kai-shek (1926-1936) --
Shanghai ladies --
May-ling meets the Generalissimo --
Married to a beleaguered dictator --
Ching-ling in exile: Moscow, Berlin, Shanghai --
The husband and wife team --
Getting Chiang's Son back from Stalin's clutches --
'A woman protects a man' --
The sisters in wars (1937-1950). Bravery and corruption --
Red sister's frustration --
Little sister's triumph and misery --
The downfall of the Chiang regime --
Three women, three destinies (1949-2003). 'We must crush warm-feeling-ism': being Mao's vice chairman --
'I have no regrets' --
Taiwan days --
The Hollywood connection --
New York, New York --
In the face of a changed time.
Other Titles: Three women at the heart of twentieth-century China
3 women at the heart of twentieth-century China
Responsibility: Jung Chang.

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"They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China."--

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