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

Hannah Pakula

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Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

Entertaining and masterly biography of Madame Chiang Kai-shek - the woman who built modern China.

THE LAST EMPRESS revolves around a fascinating, manipulative woman and her family who were largely responsible for dragging China into the modern world.

Soong May-ling, or Madame Chiang as she was known, is uniquely positioned at the heart of this story. As her husband came to represent the hopes of the West in the East, she acted as his adviser, English translator, secretary and most loyal champion, finding herself on the world stage with Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. A savvy politician, she remained a popular if controversial figure both at home and abroad.

Hannah Pakula brilliantly narrates the life of this extraordinary woman - how she charmed the United States out of billions of dollars while remaining dedicated to her China and how she managed to influence if not change the history of the twentieth century.

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Hannah Pakula

Hannah Pakula attended Wellesley College, the Sorbonne and Southern Methodist University. She is a book reviewer for the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

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