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

November 28, 2020
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

They were the most famous sisters in China. As thecountry battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions andseismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai wereat the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark onhistory.Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father ofChina', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame ChiangKai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a majorpolitical figure in her own right.Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficialmain adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women.All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, butalso endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage andexperienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak.They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposingpolitical camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying hertwo sisters' worlds.Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a grippingstory of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, whichtakes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York,from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting roomsin Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijingto the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a groupbiography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang revealsthe lives of three extraordinary women who helped shapetwentieth-century China.