Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 29, 2019 - History - 400 pages
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.
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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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

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Chang (Wild Swans; Empress Dowager Cixi) adds another title to her series of lively depictions of key figures in modern Chinese history. This time, the author focuses on three sisters from the Soong ... Read full review

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

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Chang (Wild Swans) seamlessly chronicles the lives and marriages of the Soong sisters in this captivating triple biography. Born to a prominent Shanghai family in the final years of the 19th century ... Read full review

Contents

The Rise of the Father of China
3
A Methodist Preacher
28
A Mighty Smart Young Lady
43
China Embarks on Democracy
63
The Marriages of Eiling and Chingling
71
To Become Mme
83
I wish to follow the example of my friend Lenin
96
Shanghai Ladies
115
Bravery and Corruption
197
I6 Red Sisters Frustration
211
Little Sisters Triumph and Misery
222
The Downfall of the Chiang Regime
232
2O I have no regrets
262
2I Taiwan Days
278
The Hollywood Connection
295
New York New York
302

Mayling Meets the Generalissimo
127
Married to a Beleaguered Dictator
140
Ching ling in Exile Moscow Berlin Shanghai
154
The Husband and Wife Team
169
Getting Chiangs Son Back from Stalins Clutches
176
A woman protects a man
184
In the Face of a Changed Time
309
Notes
317
Archives Consulted
339
Acknowledgements
355
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JUNG CHANG is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday); and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China, where they are banned. She was born in China in 1952, and went to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.

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