: 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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The Soviet Union not only allowed the Chinese communists to infiltrate Manchura, they also heavily armed them – partially with recently captured Japanese arms, and partially with Soviet arms. Even Mao admits this – here’s a humorous quote to that effect from one of my other books: Seeing Chiang in a more positive light, Taylor points out many reasons why he should not shoulder sole blame for the failure to keep China unified, as well as for a less-than-reputable record of upholding human rights.

He also cracked down on internal dissent and threats to his own power ruthlessly, executing suspected communist jwy, engaging in espionage against KMT rivals, and supporting anti-communist coups in South Vietnam and abroad.

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

Taylor has taken a fresh look at his long, eventful life based on new sources, and suggests a controversial but persuasive new reading of Chiang’s motives and actions. Jun 19, Anthony Caruso rated it it was amazing. Chiang adored her, and the modern, openly romantic couple offered the world a very surprising model of what China could have become. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

We should never forget the struggles and sacrifices of revolutionary martyrs and leaders who wanted to transform China and won the dignity of Chinese people. When Mao asked for confirmation from Stalin, Moscow replied that if the Chinese disagreed, the invasion “must be postponed. The writer, Jay Taylor, finished this book by only prividing neutral facts for Chiang Kai-Shek and neutral judgement, it is a new aspect that we can judge Chiang Kai-Shek.


I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Meanwhile, Mao destroyed the mainland’s economy and social structure. Some may get annoyed by the random one paragraph tidbits about Chiang generalisslmo him getting into a car accident with Mayling, etcbut I found they rather interesting and, frankly, a nice break from the serious stuff at times.

He draws attention to the fact that Chiang was a revolutionary leader during a turbulent era, with China splintered into warring fiefdoms and facing rebellion from the Chinese Communist Party. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. The open derision from ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stillwell did not help.

One of the first things about this book worth commenting on is its enormous size.

Being a hero does not depend on success or failure. In the established narrative of modern China’s founding, Sun occupies the pinnacle of the triumvirate, the diverging successors below comprising Chiang Kai-shek the leader of the Nationalists and Mao Zedong the leader of Communist revolutionaries. Please try again later. Actually, this book is tylor good that I find it difficult to write a review that does it justice.

The Generalissimo

It fully elaborates on the various relationships with the US and certain specific American advisors. By contrast, when I weighed two generalkssimo my other books with a comparable comb This book is essentially a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, and frankly is one of the best books I have ever read.

He was arrogant at times, but did not have a huge ego he forbade statues of him from being built in Taiwan.


Ching-kuo would eventually lead and ease the tensions by bringing more Taiwanese into the political process. Feb 22, Mike Adamczyk rated it really liked it.

I have to say, Chiang Kai-Shek who has a completely negtive evaluation in mainland China, we must read his life biography written by a different writer. Inwhen he was defeated by Mao Zedong–his archrival for leadership of China–he fled to Taiwan, where he ruled for another twenty-five years.

Yet,he was thrown under the bus time and time again. By contrast, when I weighed two of my other books with a comparable combined length of pages but of a more normal size their combined weight was only 0. Through luck and substantial political skill, he managed to defend the island from what seemed like certain defeat by a vast, well trained Communist army.

CKS is a difficult historical figure to digest because he doesn’t fit into a simple category. Taylor provides a fair and sympathetic view of Chiang Kai-Shek’s life as a magnificent yet conflicted leader through decades of revolution, wars, nation-building, defeats both military and political, during China’s emergence from ancient dynastic governance to a modern state.

The PLA had also assembled some junks and towable craft for the assault. I skipped a large portion in the middle and went straight to the part where CKS started his government on Taiwan.

Mao’s forces were also mobilizing by air: Jul 09, Adam rated it it was amazing. Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China. Pakula’s Last Empress deals with a lot of the same material.