941 about the Soong sisters it covers their childhood ducation in Georiga and ach sister s marriage to a powerful man of the times Sun Yat Sen Kong wealthiest man in China and Chiang Kai Chek We know now how things turn out for the sisters that the Communists take over the country after the Japanese are finally defeated in a war that began in 1937 that Madame Sun Yat Sen sided with the Communists and was revered in Peking while Madame Chiang shared her husband s xile to Taiwan But for the most part in this book the sisters are united with the youngest one Madame Chiang the dominant one Interesting too how place n I took an interest in The Soong Sisters after learning their curious story from my A Collection of Previously Banned Victorian Erotica, DELUXE EDITION employer He spoke of Madame Sun being one of the greatest women in Chinese history After reading the story it appears that all three sisters made an amazing contribution to present day China All three sisters were Christian raised American Schoolducated and married the 3 leading men in the country at the time Its truly an amazing story The book itself was difficult to read Things were not succinct or clear Many things were happening simultaneously and the sisters lives were so intertwined that at times it was
HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF WHOto keep track of who doing what I am intrigued Had trouble from the narrative working out to keep track of who was doing what I am intrigued Had trouble from the narrative working out sister was which but the highlight for me was the Japanese invasion and occupation in the 1930 s and the role of Chiang Kai Shek Excellent book which portray the Soong sisters inner strength xhibited since childhood onwards to overseas studies in America being married to strong leading men of their times and their incredible war fforts in Red Shines The Sun education humanitarian work mobilising young women and appeal to western powers to intervene in the warAuthor has an acute awareness of the mechanism of politics She also wrote about the division of the sisters due to their marriage to men which had taken different paths in political decisions This booknds rather abruptly in the middle of the war however perhaps the intention of the author was to Generation end beautifully with the symbol of unity of the sisters in their warfforts and an appendix of a speech given by the three of them Despite those were times of gr. Ly influencing the history of modern China they interacted with their government and military to protect the lives of those who could not be heard and they appealed to the West to support China during the Japanese invasion. .
I really wish I had something good to say about this book as I am a fan of both Emily Hahn and Chinese culture but I m just not coming up with anything I believe I once read that Hahn Had Unusual Access To The Sisters had unusual access to the sisters and was given blanche by them to write whatever she wished very doubtful A large part of it seemed to be a puff piece for the Generalissimo as recounted by Madame Chiang I came away not really knowing much about them as personalities apart from their politics or lack thereof in Madame Kung s case There is a famous Maoist saying that one sister loved power Madame Chiang one sister loved money Madame Kung and one sister loved her country Madame Sun Actually I m sure they all loved their country all had a good deal of personal power and all had a considerable bankroll maybe Madame Sun not so much but think it was really their value systems that were so different I think Madame Kung was a traditionalist with old school Confucian values and interestingly the only one to have children Madame Chiang the nationalist who wanted to see China modernized and a made into a world player and Madame Sun the universalist who placed individual A World Without Clothes euality and freedom above allven though later her husband s ideals became perverted by the Communists and freedom above all Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girls Heart even though later her husband s ideals became perverted by the Communists is unfortunate that at this late point in history we ll probably never know much about these women I m sure Ms Hahn could have dished if she were free to as she was there at the time and pretty much knewveryone who was anyone and China being notorious for its vibrant grapevine She probably didn t have Pirate Gold enough material for a book without access to the sisters so chose the censoredcompromised path for a paycheck Bummer Great introduction to civil warra China and the role the Soong sisters played in it Obviously anything after the 1940s will reuire some later materials Somewhat longwinded and with too much detail but it tells an interesting story I wish there was a better book on this fascinating family but I have not found one yet Because I had just read Jung Chang s biography of the Soong Sisters Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China I thought it would be interesting to go back and re read. In the The Heart of Cool early twentieth century few women in China were to prove so important to the rise of Chinese nationalism and liberation from tradition as thextraordinary three Soong Sisters Eling Chingling and Mayling As told wit. Their biographies in the 1940 book by Emily Hahn a prolific author who nded her days as a columnist for The New Yorker magazine in New her days as a columnist for The New Yorker magazine in New but was famous for her life and adventures as an American in China in the 1930s 1950sMickey as she was known to her family and friends and I knew one of her nieces wrote the book at the reuest of Doubleday Co in 1939 when the Soong sisters were world famous and Doubleday wanted to publish their story Mickey herself confessed that aside from the stories she knew little about them she had seen Madame Chiang little sister only once and that was from a distance But she approached lder sister Ei ling who gave her access to the famous trio That A Game of Unchance explains why the book is a strange blend of their childhood memories interspersed with 20th century Chinese history Mickey was too much of a journalist not to provide the background of the period but it s clear that the sisters were not very forthright with their biographer about their current adult lives marriages and the roles they had played influencing their spouses and the politicalnvironment of the days And that is sad because while nostalgic memories of childhood games and travels can be interesting the lives of these women were far interesting Or in the words of their later biographer Sterling Seagrave in his book The Soong
DYNASTY FEW FAMILIES SINCE THE BORGIASFew families since the Borgias played such a disturbing role in human destinyReading It was ok Emily Hahn interesting to me than the Soong sisters first half much better than second Better to read China to me It s written in the 40s and the hero worshiping stance of CKC taken by the author is at misdirected and at odds with later books It s almost unreal the noble and high sounding deliberation of CKC during the Xian incident as compared against general perceptionfinding of CKC as a prideful brittle despot in the heavily research book on Stilwell and the American Experience in China by Barbara Tuchman General Yang Hucheng and his family were xecuted and General Zhang Xueliang was place on house arrest for the next 40 years So alternate facts are not a recent phenomenaDid not finish the book as the misguided tone was too much to stomach Rather difficult to valuate a book written in H wit and verve by Emily Hahn a remarkable woman in her own right the biography of the Soong Sisters tells the story of China through both world wars family that had the courage to speak out against the ruling regime Great. .