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The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were active at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that 'One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but the Soong sisters were far more than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, they each played an important, sometimes critical part, and left an indelible mark on history.Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao's vice-chairman. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang's unofficial main adviser and made herself one of China's richest women - and her husband Chiang's prime minister. The sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also drew constant attacks and endured mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, not least because they embraced antagonistic political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' world.This is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey from Canton to Hawaii and 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 the history of twentieth-century China.
In Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China, Jung Chang has opened a window onto the lives of the Soong sisters - Soong Ai-ling, Soong Ching-ling, and Soong May-ling - who like Cixi are on the short list of the most famous women in China's modern history.
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; "In China there were three sisters.
A major new biography from the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans, Mao and Empress Dowager Cixi: a gripping story of sisterhood, revolution and betrayal, and three women who helped shape the course of modern Chinese history. Buy now.