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3.0 out of 5 stars Still in the shadows, 6 May 2014
This review is from: The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China (Paperback)
This is a slightly disappointing and frustrating book. Disappointing in that the author is not a China expert and, perhaps because of this, has packed the book with details on China history that are not relevant to the main story- the book could easily be edited down by at least two hundred pages. It is frustrating in that the author never really gets to grips with the real person behind the public image of Madame Chiang Kai-shek. In fairness to the author this is probably due to the subject herself rather than an absence of research. Madame Chiang lived for her public image and even her letters to old school friends read more like policy statements than her private thoughts. But the book does confirm what anyone with a reasonable knowledge of China twentieth century history will know - that behind the public image Madame Chiang was a "dragon lady" - corrupt,manipulative, a pathological liar and, combined with her military incompetent husband, more interested in the unification of China as a vehicle for self aggrandisement than any concern for the welfare of the people of china - her husband was in one sense the communists' best weapon. Even with the passage of time it still beggars belief that so many Americans (but not all) were initially taken in by Madame and her husband. It is interesting that British politicians (from churchill downwards) almost immediately saw the Chiangs for what they were and wisely kept their distance.
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