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- DescriptionA New York Times Notable BookAn NPR Best Book of the Year In 1852, at age sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a coup against her son s regents and placed herself as the true source of power governing through a silk screen that separated her from her male officials. Drawing on newly available sources, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi s reputation as a conservative despot. Cixi s extraordinary reign saw the birth of modern China. Under her, the ancient country attained industries, railways, electricity, and a military with up-to-date weaponry. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women s liberation, and embarked on a path to introduce voting rights. Packed with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a crucial period in China s and the world s history.
- Author BiographyJung Chang is the best-selling author ofWild Swans, whichThe Asian Wall Street Journalcalled the most widely read book about China, andMao: The Unknown Story(with Jon Halliday), which was described byTimeas an atom bomb of a book. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages and sold more than fifteen million copies outside mainland China, where they are both banned. She was born in China in 1952 and moved to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.
- Author(s)Jung Chang
- PublisherAnchor Books
- Date of Publication09/09/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Royalty
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAnchor Books
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight703 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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