Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 Rana Mitter

Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

Author: Rana Mitter
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Book Title
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945
Author
Rana Mitter
ISBN
9780544334502
An Economist Book of the YearA Financial Times Book of the Year "A book that has long cried out to be written." -- Observer (UK), Books of the Year In 1937, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, Chinese troops clashed with Japanese occupiers in the first battle of World War II. Joining with the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, China became the fourth great ally in a devastating struggle for its very survival. Prizewinning historian Rana Mitter unfurls China's drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue as never before. Based on groundbreaking research, this gripping narrative focuses on a handful of unforgettable characters, including Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and Chiang's American chief of staff, "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Mitter also recounts the sacrifice and resilience of everyday Chinese people through the horrors of bombings, famines, and the infamous Rape of Nanking. More than any other twentieth-century event, World War II was crucial in shaping China's worldview, making Forgotten Ally both a definitive work of history and an indispensable guide to today's China and its relationship with the West. "In the manner of David McCullough, Mitter] creates a complex history that is urgently alive." -- Kirkus ReviewsBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Rana MitterPublisher: Mariner BooksPublished: 09/02/2014ISBN: 9780544334502Pages: 480Weight: 0.83lbsSize: 8.22h x 5.25w x 1.24dReview Citations: New York Times Book Review 12/28/2014 pg. 24
An Economist Book of the Year
A Financial Times Book of the Year

"A book that has long cried out to be written." -- Observer (UK), Books of the Year

In 1937, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, Chinese troops clashed with Japanese occupiers in the first battle of World War II. Joining with the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, China became the fourth great ally in a devastating struggle for its very survival.

Prizewinning historian Rana Mitter unfurls China's drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue as never before. Based on groundbreaking research, this gripping narrative focuses on a handful of unforgettable characters, including Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and Chiang's American chief of staff, "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Mitter also recounts the sacrifice and resilience of everyday Chinese people through the horrors of bombings, famines, and the infamous Rape of Nanking.

More than any other twentieth-century event, World War II was crucial in shaping China's worldview, making Forgotten Ally both a definitive work of history and an indispensable guide to today's China and its relationship with the West.

"In the manner of David McCullough, Mitter] creates a complex history that is urgently alive." -- Kirkus Reviews

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Rana Mitter
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 09/02/2014
ISBN: 9780544334502
Pages: 480
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 8.22h x 5.25w x 1.24d

Review Citations: New York Times Book Review 12/28/2014 pg. 24
An Economist Book of the Year
A Financial Times Book of the Year

"A book that has long cried out to be written." -- Observer (UK), Books of the Year

In 1937, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, Chinese troops clashed with Japanese occupiers in the first battle of World War II. Joining with the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, China became the fourth great ally in a devastating struggle for its very survival.

Prizewinning historian Rana Mitter unfurls China's drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue as never before. Based on groundbreaking research, this gripping narrative focuses on a handful of unforgettable characters, including Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and Chiang's American chief of staff, "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Mitter also recounts the sacrifice and resilience of everyday Chinese people through the horrors of bombings, famines, and the infamous Rape of Nanking.

More than any other twentieth-century event, World War II was crucial in shaping China's worldview, making Forgotten Ally both a definitive work of history and an indispensable guide to today's China and its relationship with the West.

"In the manner of David McCullough, Mitter] creates a complex history that is urgently alive." -- Kirkus Reviews

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Rana Mitter
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 09/02/2014
ISBN: 9780544334502
Pages: 480
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 8.22h x 5.25w x 1.24d

Review Citations: New York Times Book Review 12/28/2014 pg. 24