Jung Chang is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans:
Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday) ;
and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China.
Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold
more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China where they are
banned. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978.
She lives in London.
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister:
Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-
By Jung Chang
The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters
from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the
centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘One loved
money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far
more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled
through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic
transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical
role, 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-chair. Little Sister, May
-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist
Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big
Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang’s unofficial main adviser. She made herself
one of China’s richest women – and her husband Chiang’s prime
minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but
also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great
courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and
heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged
emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political
camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters’
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister 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.