: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (): Jay Taylor: Books. By Jay Taylor. Belknap. pp. $ Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century. Famously derided as. Hadrian said: This new revisionist biography of the Generalissimo draws from new Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The.

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See and discover other items: Jan 13, Ran rated it really liked it Shelves: For a historical biography, the writing felt mechanical — this happened, then that happened, and so on. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin would meet and discuss This was a damn good book. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Citing articles via Google Scholar. I really enjoyed this book, but i Well written, extremely insightful and engaging. See all 41 reviews. They have to get the support from modern super-powers, have to play games with them. Jul 09, Adam rated it it was amazing.

One might as well ask what the course of human history would be if we were amphibian. America should have done more to help him with the Japanese and defeating Mao.

This vividly realized account will be the authoritative work for a long time to come. Sign In or Create an Account. Jun 19, Anthony Caruso rated it it was amazing. Chiang was quite the character, and Taylor does a marvelous job intricately detailing the Taypor life and legacy.


He was calm, staid, emotional, disciplined, he tolerated many intellectuals who against him and genedalissimo corruptions of in his circles. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Even Mao admits this – here’s a humorous quote to that effect from one of my other books: We could never have developed and eventually taken political power for ourselves. If Kim had not attacked the South in and instead Mao had launched his junk armada against Taiwan in June, almost certainly the Truman administration would not have intervened to save Chiang Kai-shek.

My only issue is it focus too much on the man, and important events that occur, like military battles and genealissimo breaking of the dam to hinder the Japanese advance, receive only a few lines of context.

Jan 28, Lauren rated it it was amazing.

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

In the established narrative of m I picked up this book when it was first released, and after making my way 75 pages in, I put it down again.

Jay Taylor has done a good job in handling such a complicated personality. Chiang was not at all perfect. This is an important, controversial book… Chiang emerges as a flesh-and-blood man rather than the buffoonish cardboard-cutout figure he has generally been portrayed as. He had brilliant political and military foresight, but it still wasn’t enough to win him the unwavering support of the US who appears extremely fickle and deceptive in this book.


Get to Know Us. The United States government used the Anglo-American integrated command headed by Eisenhower in Europe as its model for the war in Asia. However, the United States government forgot to consider that in the European war Americans made up the great majority of Allied ground as well as air forces, while the Chinese Army consisted of only Chinese soldiers.

About the author Huang Tzu-Chin Top of page. This was an interesting book however it was a bit too long and detailed for me.

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It gave a really comprehensive overview of Chiang life in an interesting way skipping the boring ‘growing up’ part and the nearing of his death.

Supposed “wise men” like Acheson and Kissinger come across as buffoons and sellouts to the communists.

Very well written and a clear read to understand China’s modern day past and present. Explore the Home Gift Guide. To gain the miniscule support that the United States was providing, Chiang Kai-shek had no option but to capitulate to US decisions, even when it meant that China had to sacrifice. He is portrayed here as an ascetic, religious, determined, but also a man who cried easily.