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Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost By Jonathan Fenby,

  • Title: Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost
  • Author: Jonathan Fenby
  • ISBN: 9780786714841
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a narrative as briskly paced and vividly detailed as an international thriller, this definitive biography of Chiang Kai shek masterfully maps the tumultuous political career of Nationalist China s generalissimo as it reevaluates his brave but unfulfilled life Chiang Kai shek was one of the most influential world figures of the twentieth century The leader of the KuoWith a narrative as briskly paced and vividly detailed as an international thriller, this definitive biography of Chiang Kai shek masterfully maps the tumultuous political career of Nationalist China s generalissimo as it reevaluates his brave but unfulfilled life Chiang Kai shek was one of the most influential world figures of the twentieth century The leader of the Kuomintang, the Nationalist movement in China, by 1928 he had established himself as head of the government in Nanking But while he managed to survive the political storms of the 1930s, Chiang s power was continually being undermined by the Japanese on one side and the Chinese Communists on the other Drawing extensively on original Chinese sources and accounts by contemporaneous journalists, acclaimed author Jonathan Fenby explores little known international connections in Chiang s story as he unfolds a story as fascinating in its conspiratorial intrigues as it is remarkable for its psychological insights This is the definitive biography of the man who, despite his best intentions, helped create modern day China.
    Chiang Kai Shek China s Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost With a narrative as briskly paced and vividly detailed as an international thriller this definitive biography of Chiang Kai shek masterfully maps the tumultuous political career of Nationalist China

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    1. At one time in China s recent history, Chiang Kai shek came close to unifying and ruling it This book by Jonthan Fenby talks about the man and provides some insights into why he failed By taking the readers through the different stages in his life and exploring how he overcame the challenges and treacheries along the way, the author managed to weave an interesting and rather gripping account of Chiang s life in this book.This book was structured chronologically as with most biographies, but it w [...]

    2. The subject of this fascinating book is a complex character After reading this book I found myself wanting to learn about Chiang Kai Shek, in particular what happened during his tenure of rule in Taiwan until his death there in 1975 This book does not talk about that episode, it ends with Chiang fleeing to Taiwan in 1949 when it became painfully clear that the Communists had succeeded in taking over China The author uses the Xian Incident as the opening and from there we are taken on a vivid an [...]

    3. This is one of the best researched China books I have read It is brimful with detail and depicts the early to mid portion of the twentieth century through a Nationalist Party lens There are many books about Mao, but though the upheaval Mao unleashed is worth reading about, Mao, as a figure, is not always that interesting Though he was literate and had some integrity in his youth, he remained an ignorant peasant an evil, vengeful man responsible for the deaths of tens of millions But Chiang, his [...]

    4. Fenby s biography of Chiang Kai Shek, the Generalissimo of the Republic of China and leader of the Kuomintang during the Second World War and its aftermath, is satisfactory as a biography but albeit an incomplete one Fenby narrates the pre war and wartime career and life of Chiang, from the Northern Expedition, the Nanjing Decade, and the Anti Japanese War up until the eventual defeat of the KMT during the Civil War and the mass exodus to Taiwan Readable and well researched though often Fenby re [...]

    5. A fairly entertaining read, following Chiang Kai Shek s rise to power amidst a China struggling to modernize and unify Unfortunately, Japan s brutal invasion and arrogation of vast amounts of Chinese territory would kill millions of civilians and ruin Chiang s mandate of heaven, paving the way for the resurgent communists under Mao.After the Kuomintang and Chiang flee to Taiwane biography stops abruptly Considering I picked up this book primarily to see how he ruled his island state and navigate [...]

    6. An excellent book, not only as a biography of Chaing Kai shek, but as a complete history of post Manchu China from 1911 up until Mao s ultimate conquest in 1949 It could make for an epic historical TV war drama series on HBO or the History Channel The most engrossing historical narrative I ve ever read.

    7. An excellent book, not only as a biography of Chaing Kai shek, but as a complete history of post Manchu China from 1911 up until Mao s ultimate conquest in 1949 It could make for an epic historical TV war drama series on HBO or the History Channel The most engrossing historical narrative I ve ever read.

    8. Buku biografi ini merupakan antara buku terbaharu yang menyentuh mengenai Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek Buku ini diterbitkan pada tahun 2004 Boleh dianggap baharu kerana diterbitkan pada permulaan abad ke 21 Secara umumnya,tidak melampau jika saya katakan kandungan buku ini lebih bersifat revision atau summary mengenai tokoh yang terkenal dari China atau Taiwan ini Jika anda mahukan bahan bacaan yang lebih mendalam mengenainya,adalah disarankan anda membaca buku buku autobiografi memoir rasmi Na [...]

    9. I greatly enjoyed this biography of Chiang Kai Shek which portrays him as a brilliant and a courageous soldier outdone by a vulgarity in this personal habits that undermined his relations with his American allies which led to the communists seizing control of mainland China in 1948.Chiang Kai Shek was a giftedd young man of modest origins who rose to become the leader of Nationalist China through his talent and marriage into the Soong Dynasty His entire life was an extraordinary balancing act He [...]

    10. The architect of Modern ChinaA riddle wrapped inside an enigma, was how Churchill described Russia He may well have been describing Chiang Kai Shek Soldier, statesman, diplomat, tyrant, schemer, humanitarianChiang Kai Shek was all thesed none of these If the opening of this review is deemed cryptic, then it s been done purposefully The story of China s rise from a backwater to a modern superpower, cannot be told without telling the story of the Generalissimo A visionary who united China and want [...]

    11. It is so rare that you find a book on a man with so much power and impact on historyat you have hardly heard about, we have all heard of Mao but few outside of China know of the leader of the Kummontang mispelled, I know and how he could of changed world history.The book itself is full of info about the man and the nation he lived in and moulded, it talks about the early days of the Nationalists and China at the time including Shanghi, which was a world in its own at the time then, in full detai [...]

    12. This book is hard going, but well worth the effort of sticking with to the end Fenby shows how Chiang s military life and his personal foibles shaped modern China despite the fact that he ultimately lost control of the country to Mao and the CCP, this is a very broad canvas examined in minute detail I was most impressed by the chapter in which he summed up the complexities of the post Xinhai Revolution warlord era But like other readers I wished there had been analysis of the post 1949 era, his [...]

    13. This is one of the best pieces of non fiction I have ever read Fenby is one of those rare writers of history who is able to convey both the large scale sweeps and the minutiae of a single person s life in the form of a well paced and highly engaging story It also helps that Chiang is both a fascinating character in and of himself, and that the he lived and stumbled China through one of the most interesting periods of Chinese, and world, history Everything about this book is riveting, and anyone [...]

    14. Very readable, and as the author notes the man and this period of history have been a bit neglected The only criticism I d have is his reliance on unreliable sources for example, the improbable but very colourful story that Song Meiling seduced Wendel Willkie comes from only one man Cowles but here it s reported as fact Still, makes it a much interesting read to include all that kind of stuff

    15. I have to admit this one is gonna be a hard read I bought it, so I must read it I am hoping it gets better as I go along Maybe the rating will improve This is about one man, a Chinese General and it goes hand in hand with, The Rape of Nanking.

    16. Covers the currupt nationalist regime from 1900 through 1949 Between the 3 books I have now read you have 2000 pages of Chinese history which covered 1900 2005 Great info on a Country that is impacting the planet so much.

    17. Fantastic book for getting a sense of modern Chinese history and especially useful for those who are living in mainland China and hear only Communist propaganda So much of what we read on China is about Mao It s nice to hear about the other guy.

    18. A marvellous biography of a man at the heart of China Sadly ignored by the current regime as a terrorist, this man helped make the country what it is today.Time to name drop he decorated a great uncle of mine during the was for his flying exploits against the Japanese.

    19. Although I had read quite a lot of Chinese History and the times and people involved in the formation of the KMT and over throw of the Ching dynasty, this book brought to light further details of his life and career.

    20. Highly readable and very engaging biography of one of Asia s difficult and tragic historical figures And a good way to get a handle on the China front of WWII.

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