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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jung Chang

Narrated By: Joy Osmanski

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2011

Duration: 22 hours 54 minutes


In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between the Kuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for the author, the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that discredited and crushed millions of people, including her parents.


  • 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.