Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China (Hardback)Jung Chang (author)
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Having analysed three generations of her own family in the seminal Wild Swans, Chang spotlights another trio of remarkable women in this intensely human history of twentieth-century China. Charting the changing fortunes of the politically divided Soong sisters with a forensic eye, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is pacy narrative history with the flair and incident of a novel.
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 centre 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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 803 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm
'A remarkable story of war, communism and espionage' - The Guardian
‘Jung Chang has [previously] shown… her instinct for a compelling story, and that instinct stands her in good stead here as she weaves her way through the complex history of China from the 1880s to the 1970s.’ - The Sunday Times
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