[Item #4996] The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China. Hannah Pakula, May-Ling Soong Chiang.
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China

The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China

New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009. First Printing. Hardcover. A colossal, insightful, and incredibly well-woven tapestry of history, The Last Empress paints a vivid portrait of the life of Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Mao Tse-Tung’s Cultural Revolution, World War II, and the downfall (and exile) of the monarchy at the hands of the Communists. Jonathan Spence, renowned China scholar, has praised Pakula’s book as “an impressive amount of telling material, drawn from a wide array of sources.” Spence is correct: this work is truly a pillar of historical scholarship. Pakula’s writing is sharp, clear, and easy to parse; most notably, it’s entertaining (unlike most historians who try their hands at crafting narrative). Pakula manages to deliver a staggering amount of information both clearly and concisely while also maintaining historical integrity, largely avoiding the pitfalls of bias (something many historians seemingly forego, especially when writing about China in this period.) Any scholar or history buff would benefit from plumbing the depths of this War and Peace-sized tome. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket: First Edition, First Printing as indicated on copyright page, with no reference to other editions. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges & faintest scattered spotting to text block. Dust jacket in similarly very fine condition, with only correspondingly minute shelf-wear to same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4996]

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