Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China Details

They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.

Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.
Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right.
Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women.

All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

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  • Veronica ??

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is the biography of the amazing Soong sisters who together made a huge impact on history.The three sisters became a modern Chinese fairytale. They were much talke...

  • Lorna

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang, was a sweeping and gripping account of the Soong family of Shanghai, not only of these three s...

  • Jemima Pett

    This is an epic undertaking by an excellent writer and historian. Jung Chang brings the early twentieth century to life as she explores the world of Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-Shek. She shows their pr...

  • Anne M

    Published by: Random House UK, Vintage PublishingJonathan CapePub Date 17 October 2019. Reviewed 20 October 2019. The official description:They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country ba...

  • Hadrian

    20th-century Chinese history as viewed through three sisters, who each married major figures and at times played a role themselves in that history. There is a saying dating from the Maoist era that on...

  • Tanja Berg

    An absolutely fascinating tale of three sisters at the heart of the events in China last century. A well written, interesting read that mixes historical facts with personal lives. ...

  • Louise

    This is an ambitious undertaking, pruning the eventful lives of these 3 women to fit into one book. Jung Chang takes this on and covers all the highlights. The book is easily readable. The presentatio...

  • Jessica

    this book has indeed educated me on the history of China and introduced me to the historical figures behind the founding of CCP and the Nationalist Party. It was a great reading experience in terms of...

  • morgan

    I am so happy I've learnt about these women.I cannot believe I've never heard of them before.this was so gripping and felt so personal...

  • Moonkiszt

    This book ended out on my list due to a challenge from a friend to read something way out of my comfort zone. I know very little about China or its history, and was invited into this wing of the libra...