Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
Publisher: Recorded Books
Date: March 2012
Duration: 17 hours 35 minutes
Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.