Soong Dynastry

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An inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

Inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S./Asia policy in the 20th century.

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Overview

An inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

Inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S./Asia policy in the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060913182
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,409,756
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Thumbs Up!

    This book is very well written and totally engrossing. It gives you an excellent perspective as to the events leading up to the nationalization of China, and explains why communism became the only logical recourse for a country subjected to the excesses and cruelty of Chiang Kai Shek, the unbelievable corruption of the KMT and the meddling of foreign powers that let them get away with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    im a 13 year old reading this

    THis book was ok it. the only reason i read it was because my dad made me. i think you should buy it anyways AZNPRIDE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    Not very objective in presenting the facts

    I read the Soong Dynasty and found that the author was not very objective in presenting the facts. He is more suited to a fiction novel writer rather than a history non-fiction novelist. He includes his judgment on the Chinese practices and uses adjectives and verbs that incite emotion rather than an objective account. This is not something that a non-fiction writer should be indulging in. This novel has been listed as a bestseller and I believe that it is only because there is no other book that has attempted to tell the story in a more objective light. I do not think that this novel gives the reader an objective view of the events of Chinese History during a difficult time for China. If any reader uses this as a base to understand Chinese people or Chinese politics, then they are going to be sorely misled. Plus politics in every country is the same. You can read about US politics or UK politics and understand that it works the same way in every other country. Maybe some countries do things with more finesse, but the individual greed and selfishness is the same. Fiction novelists such as Pearl Buck and James Clavell do a far better job of showing in an objective light of the Chinese lifestyle, practices, and politics. I wish that there were some other account written by Chinese people actually close to the family translated for the English reader to give them a better understanding of the Soong Family. When reading US History, we read it from a US Historian perspective. I believe that a country¿s history is best understood if written by their own country¿s historian. When a historian from a different culture writes about another country¿s history, they do not get the real essence of the events or the reason for such behavior as they do not have an understanding of the culture and pass judgment on the culture based on their own framework which is not objective either. If you consider reading this book, I would think twice before wasting my time in reading something that gives no objective view on the matter. It would be better not to be biased by this novel and have an incorrect view. As it will color, your perspective on Chinese people and a part of their history

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