Chinese history is brought to vivid life by the "quintessential New Yorker narrator" and author of The Soong Sisters, who lived in China from 1935 to 1941 (The New York Times).
Chiang Kai-Shek: As the head of the Nationalist Party, Chiang led the Republic of China for over two decades from 1927 through the Japanese invasion, World War II, and the civil war that ended with a Communist victory in 1949. After defeat, he retreated with his government to Taiwan, where he continued to lead as president of the exiled Republic of China.
Published in 1955, this in-depth biography by legendary New Yorker writer Emily Hahn examines Chiang's childhood in southern China, his relationship with revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen, his rise to power, and his battles with the Japanese Imperial Army and Communist forces led by Mao Zedong, as well as chronicling his marriage to the glamorous, American-educated Soong May-ling (the youngest of the influential siblings portrayed in Hahn's The Soong Sisters), who converted her husband to Christianity and helped him enact social reforms. Casting a critical eye on Sino-American relations, Hahn sheds new light on a complex leader, who was one of the most important global political figures of the last century.
"[Hahn] writes . . . with an impassioned warmth . . . colorful reading . . . An irreparable past is echoed in the forlorn note sounded here." -Kirkus Reviews
China Only Yesterday, 1850-1950: With an insider's knowledge of Chinese culture and politics, Hahn delivers a sharply observant book that illuminates a century of China's tumultuous history. Her "absorbing" history begins with the Treaty of Nanking, which gave Western powers access to five of China's eastern ports, and covers the British colonization of Hong Kong, the rise of the tea trade, the Opium Wars, the arrival of Christian missionaries, the Boxer Rebellion, the revolutionary movement led by Sun Yat-Sen, the overthrow of the Ch'ing Dynasty, the escalating tensions between the Communist and Nationalist parties, and the Japanese invasion on the eve of World War II-which Hahn experienced firsthand (Kirkus Reviews). The final chapters cover the civil war, which ended with Chairman Mao's formation of the People's Republic of China and Chiang Kai-shek's retreat to Taiwan.
"[An] observant, satisfying book." -Kirkus Reviews
Emily Hahn (1905-1997) was the author of fifty-two books, as well as 181 articles and short stories for the New Yorker from 1929 to 1996. She was a staff writer for the magazine for forty-seven years. She wrote novels, short stories, personal essays, reportage, poetry, history and biography, natural history and zoology, cookbooks, humor, travel, children's books, and four autobiographical narratives: China to Me (1944), a literary exploration of her trip to China; Hong Kong Holiday (1946); England to Me (1949); and Kissing Cousins (1958).
The fifth of six children, Hahn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and later became the first woman to earn a degree in mining engineering at the University of Wisconsin. She did graduate work at both Columbia and Oxford before leaving for Shanghai. She lived in China for eight years. Her wartime affair with Charles Boxer, Britain's chief spy in pre-World War II Hong Kong, evolved into a loving and unconventional marriage that lasted fifty-two years and produced two daughters. Hahn's final piece in the New Yorker appeared in 1996, shortly before her death.
A revolutionary for her time, Hahn broke many of the rules of the 1920s, traveling the country dressed as a boy, working for the Red Cross in Belgium, becoming the concubine to a Shanghai poet, using opium, and having a child out of wedlock. She fought against the stereotype of female docility that characterized the Victorian era and was an advocate for the environment until her death.
- Cover Page
- Chiang Kai-Shek
- Title Page
- Author's Note
- 1. Flashback 1887-94
- 2. Ideals and Revolution 1905-12
- 3. "Storms of Temper" 1912-23
- 4. The Struggle for Succession 1923-26
- 5. Success, and a Break with Moscow 1926-27
- 6. Marriage 1927
- 7. Japan Moves In 1927-32
- 8. Consolidation 1932-36
- 9. The Incident 1936-41
- 10. Stilwell vs. Chennault 1941-43
- 11. China of the Big Powers 1943
- 12. Vinegar Joe Retires 1943-4
- 13. Manchurian Double Cross 1944-45
- 14. The Marshall Mission 1945-47
- 15. Flight 1947-9
- 16. The End?
- China Only Yesterday, 1850-1950
- Title Page
- Chapter One
- Chapter Two
- Chapter Three
- Chapter Four
- Chapter Five
- Chapter Six
- Chapter Seven
- Chapter Eight
- Chapter Nine
- Chapter Ten
- Chapter Eleven
- Chapter Twelve
- Chapter Thirteen
- Chapter Fourteen
- Chapter Fifteen
- Chapter Sixteen
- Chapter Seventeen
- Chapter Eighteen
- Chapter Nineteen
- Chapter Twenty
- Chapter Twenty-one
- Chapter Twenty-two
- About the Author
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