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Title:
Chiang Kai-shek's secret past : the memoir of his second wife, Chʻen Chieh-ju
Author:
Chen, Jieru, 1906-1971.
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Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press, 1993.
Physical Description:
xxix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9780813318240

9780813318257
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Book

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This engrossing memoir tells the fascinating story of one of China's great leaders during the Nationalist revolution of the 1920s and of the woman who paid a staggering price so that he could attain his ambition. The tale begins in 1919 when the thirty-two-year-old Chiang Kai-shek met the na#65533;ve thirteen-year-old whom he would call Ch'en Chieh-ju. He pursued her relentlessly for two years until she finally agreed to marry her brash and forceful suitor. Chieh-ju was at her husband's side constantly for the seven years of their marriage, which enabled her to chronicle with immediacy and vivid detail his single-minded pursuit of power in the Kuomintang (KMT).So explosive were her revelations that the KMT used threats and bribes to block U.S. publication plans in the 1960s. Now, her long-suppressed memoir finally reveals Chiang Kai-shek's human side, which has been shrouded in myth. Chiang Kai-shek emerges as a lustful, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, stubborn, and boundlessly ambitious man. In pursuit of his goals, he abandoned the young wife he seemingly loved to make a politically expedient alliance with Soong Mei-ling, now famed as Madame Chiang. Despite his betrayal, Chieh-ju's love for her husband is clearly evident. She paints here a stirring portrait of their personal life as well as of the infighting and intrigue that marked her husband's early political career. Above all, her story conveys a keen sense of the texture of upper-class life in the China of that period, a quality academic studies rarely capture.


Summary

This engrossing memoir tells the fascinating story of one of China's great leaders during the Nationalist revolution of the 1920s and of the woman who paid a staggering price so that he could attain his ambition. The tale begins in 1919 when the thirty-two-year-old Chiang Kai-shek met the na#65533;ve thirteen-year-old whom he would call Ch'en Chieh-ju. He pursued her relentlessly for two years until she finally agreed to marry her brash and forceful suitor. Chieh-ju was at her husband's side constantly for the seven years of their marriage, which enabled her to chronicle with immediacy and vivid detail his single-minded pursuit of power in the Kuomintang (KMT).So explosive were her revelations that the KMT used threats and bribes to block U.S. publication plans in the 1960s. Now, her long-suppressed memoir finally reveals Chiang Kai-shek's human side, which has been shrouded in myth. Chiang Kai-shek emerges as a lustful, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, stubborn, and boundlessly ambitious man. In pursuit of his goals, he abandoned the young wife he seemingly loved to make a politically expedient alliance with Soong Mei-ling, now famed as Madame Chiang. Despite his betrayal, Chieh-ju's love for her husband is clearly evident. She paints here a stirring portrait of their personal life as well as of the infighting and intrigue that marked her husband's early political career. Above all, her story conveys a keen sense of the texture of upper-class life in the China of that period, a quality academic studies rarely capture.


Author Notes

Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois.


Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois. Ch'en Chieh-ju was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek from 1921 to 1927. Lloyd E. Eastman was professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Illinois.


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Library Journal Review

In his own time, Chiang Kai-shek had already become larger than life, yet he had another side that most people still do not know. He left his first wife to marry Ch'en Chieh-ju when she was 15 and then left her to gain political and financial backing from the powerful Soong family by marrying Soong Mei-ling. Eastman (history, Univ. of Illinois), who edited this memoir by Chiang's second wife, points out in the introduction that its historical value is questionable; it includes long conversations that Ch'en had to dredge up from 40 years in the past. The manuscript, however, is valuable for the insight it gives into daily life for the upper class in China from 1919 to 1927. The personal views of figures such as Michael Borodin, Sun Yat-sen, and, most important, Chiang Kai-shek during the years of his rise to power also make the book valuable. Recommended for academic libraries.-- Dennis L. Noble, Lewistown P.L., Mont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

In his own time, Chiang Kai-shek had already become larger than life, yet he had another side that most people still do not know. He left his first wife to marry Ch'en Chieh-ju when she was 15 and then left her to gain political and financial backing from the powerful Soong family by marrying Soong Mei-ling. Eastman (history, Univ. of Illinois), who edited this memoir by Chiang's second wife, points out in the introduction that its historical value is questionable; it includes long conversations that Ch'en had to dredge up from 40 years in the past. The manuscript, however, is valuable for the insight it gives into daily life for the upper class in China from 1919 to 1927. The personal views of figures such as Michael Borodin, Sun Yat-sen, and, most important, Chiang Kai-shek during the years of his rise to power also make the book valuable. Recommended for academic libraries.-- Dennis L. Noble, Lewistown P.L., Mont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

A Brief Historical Forewordp. ix
Editor's Notep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction the Elusive Manuscript of Chiang Kai-Shek's Second Wife, Ch'En Chieh-Jup. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Author's Notep. xxix
1 A Young Girl in Shanghaip. 1
2 The Pursuitp. 9
3 Matchmaking and Courtshipp. 25
4 Our Weddingp. 35
5 Honeymoonp. 43
6 The Dragon's Pulsep. 58
7 Two Sons""p. 65
8 Soochowp. 76
9 Canton and the Generalp. 86
10 Quarrels with Dr. Sunp. 92
11 Rebellion and Reversalp. 107
12 Living Angel Liu""p. 119
13 Soviet Friendshipp. 127
14 The Whampoa Military Academyp. 139
15 Dr. Sun's Last Journeyp. 147
16 Chiang Moves Aheadp. 153
17 Life at the Academyp. 166
18 The Chung Shan Boat Incidentp. 176
19 The Dinner Partyp. 186
20 The Blue Shirtsp. 198
21 Northern Expeditionp. 203
22 Private Lifep. 214
23 The Ordealp. 220
24 Chiang's Fatherp. 231
25 The Great Intriguep. 236
26 Nankingp. 244
27 My Exilep. 251
About the Bookp. 265
Indexp. 267
A Brief Historical Forewordp. ix
Editor's Notep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction the Elusive Manuscript of Chiang Kai-Shek's Second Wife, Ch'En Chieh-Jup. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Author's Notep. xxix
1 A Young Girl in Shanghaip. 1
2 The Pursuitp. 9
3 Matchmaking and Courtshipp. 25
4 Our Weddingp. 35
5 Honeymoonp. 43
6 The Dragon's Pulsep. 58
7 Two Sons""p. 65
8 Soochowp. 76
9 Canton and the Generalp. 86
10 Quarrels with Dr. Sunp. 92
11 Rebellion and Reversalp. 107
12 Living Angel Liu""p. 119
13 Soviet Friendshipp. 127
14 The Whampoa Military Academyp. 139
15 Dr. Sun's Last Journeyp. 147
16 Chiang Moves Aheadp. 153
17 Life at the Academyp. 166
18 The Chung Shan Boat Incidentp. 176
19 The Dinner Partyp. 186
20 The Blue Shirtsp. 198
21 Northern Expeditionp. 203
22 Private Lifep. 214
23 The Ordealp. 220
24 Chiang's Fatherp. 231
25 The Great Intriguep. 236
26 Nankingp. 244
27 My Exilep. 251
About the Bookp. 265
Indexp. 267

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