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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jung Chang

Narrated By: Joy Osmanski

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: December 2011

Duration: 25 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

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  • Wayne P

    I thought the book was extremely insightful into China's tragic history. This is a ground level historical journey written from the point of view of those most affected by the decisions of Mao and others. There is no cover up here, just a truthful assessment of how a great nation came to be where they are today. Hopefully China will be able to honestly assess where they've come from to have a brighter future. I would have liked the Narrator to be more accurate on Mandarin pronunciation, but this is a small point to a great book.

  • Huan Wang

    great writer great book . recommended by a friend to read this book. Quite some revelation of what's going on in China.

  • jaime olsen

    I am blown away by this story. It is devastating the kind things these women went through due to evil selfish leaders. Everyone should read it.

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