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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness historyand#8212;a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;An engrossing record of Maoand#8217;s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlordand#8217;s concubine; her motherand#8217;s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parentsand#8217; experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a and#8220;barefoot doctor,and#8221; a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, movingand#8212;and ultimately upliftingand#8212;detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

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andlt;bandgt;Jung Changandlt;/bandgt; was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952.andnbsp;She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982, the first person from the Peopleand#8217;s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university.andnbsp;She lives in London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote andlt;iandgt;Mao: The Unknown Storyandlt;/iandgt;.

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Tami Richards, December 3, 2011 (view all comments by Tami Richards)
Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint when the indigo first began running off the pages of a book and squeezing my heart with inky fingers. Reading WILD SWANS, by Jung Chang is just such an instance. It is at once a memoir and a colorful, first-hand history of twentieth-centuryChina. The "Wild Swans" are Jung Chang's grandmother, mother and herself as the story of the Chinese cultural revolution unfolds in chronological order. The grandmother was born in a time when foot binding was practiced, Jungs Chang's mother was a member of the Communist forces, and Jung was born during a time of casting off of imperialistic modes as well as suffering greatly at the hands of rumor and accusation by all acounts of a violent cultural upheaval.

The scenery, characters, and emotion of this story are portrayed with dignity and strength by Jung Chang as doubts of her devotion to Chairman Mao begin to creep in. The hardships that the citizens of China suffered during Mao's purging of enemies, who's faces changed like the wind, are portrayed with passion and thought.
This is the book I recommend to all who tout the benefits of Communism, be it by labeling "class enemies," or touting a State that sees to the needs of its people.

Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Brittain in 1978, soon after earning a Ph.D in Linguistics from York University.
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Simply tremendously good reading.
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Product Details

Chang, Jung
Touchstone Books
New York
Asia - China
Personal Memoirs
General Biography
Biography - General
People of Color
Chinese Heritage; China; Asian; Asian-American; Family History; Warlord; Mao; Mao Zedong; Communist Party; Communism; Red Guard; Concubine; Poverty; Footbinding; Barefoot Doctor; Memoir; Generations
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1st Touchstone ed.
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Publication Date:
August 2003
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16 page b-w insert
8.50x5.52x1.34 in. 1.16 lbs.

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