: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (): Jay Taylor: Books. By Jay Taylor. Belknap. pp. $ Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century. Famously derided as. Hadrian said: This new revisionist biography of the Generalissimo draws from new Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The.

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The book is a lot of boring back and forth exchanges such as CKS asks for more money and weapons from the US, they say no, CKS rants about it in his journal. It really makes a man out of a person many believe to be a monster.

At this time he had another tayloor in his side, the CCP Mao’s communist party and all together he simultaneously balanced internal chaos and disunion, international invasion and pressure to conform to world ideologies.

Truly, the jat that drives modern China in the twenty-first century is that of Chiang Kai-shek, not Mao Zedong. Chiang’s inner circle included: In order to provide sufficient support for England during its war against Germany in Egypt, the United States would often send resources earmarked for China over to England on very short notice.

Mao could easily have insisted that the invasion jwy Taiwan take precedence, but he did not. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The access to Chiang Kai Shek’s diary provides a fascinating window into his inner world, and lets you get inside his head and understand the logic behind his decisions.

This makes room for a richness in the variety of historical records that distinguishes the biography.

Tens of millions of dead and decades of suppression later, it now seems that China is coming around, not to Mao’s vision, but to Chiang’s.

I chose to read the two men in original English version books, also as a way to challenge and improve my English language ability.


It seems likely that if America had simply stayed out, Chiang would have stuck with his original plan and the world today would be very different. In fact, the Korean war might have ended with the defeat of not only North Korea, but also communist “North China”, if for example Chiang’s forces in South China and the US forces in Korea had simultaneously attacked the communist stronghold in Manchuria.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself learning a bit more about American history in the process, as well. Around the same time, there was a massive movement of Chinese communist troops into the area.

Although constrained by his limited capability of comprehending materials written Chinese, he apparently had done quite a job in obtaining and studying the Chinese records. The writer, Jay Taylor, finished this book by only prividing jy facts for Geeralissimo Kai-Shek and neutral judgement, it is a new aspect that we can judge Chiang Kai-Shek.

Even so, international opinion often went against the KMT, and increasingly, nations began geeneralissimo recognize the Beijing government as China’s sole government, and Taiwan as a separate generalisismo.

Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China. Although nominally holding various shared leadership positions within his political party the KMTthe book makes clear that it was often Chiang himself or his wife that determined policy.

Another factor to consider was that the United Tahlor viewed England as a more important ally than China.

The Generalissimo

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sun Yat-sen in KMT, he was the winner for many power conflicts inside and outside the party. Hardcoverpages.

However, the United States government forgot to consider that in the European war Americans made up the great majority of Allied ground as well as air forces, while the Chinese Army consisted of only Chinese soldiers. A modernist as well as a neo-Confucianist, Chiang was a man of war who led the most ancient and populou One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China’s rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It paints him as a benevolent father figure who knows what’s best for the people and not as a power hungry dictator who was obsessed with ‘unifying China’ whether or not that’s what the Taiwanese wanted.

I don’t mean to give an overly glowing review of this man, but the book portrays his life in a very positive light. Among his notable and notorious accomplishments: This book is essentially a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, and frankly is one of the best books I have ever read. You could not be signed in. Jun 12, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Except for those written in that were lost due to the civil war, the remainder are intact.

Some may get annoyed by the random one paragraph tidbits about Chiang like him getting into a car accident with Mayling, etcbut I found they rather interesting and, frankly, a nice break from the serious stuff at times.

Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin would meet and discuss war strategy without even notifying Chiang of their meetings. Of course, some of his narratives could have been improved if he had been able to read Chinese materials more freely.

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Refresh and try again. Taylor believes that throughout these different stages, Chiang never wavered from his lifelong aspirations, but took different approaches in different jwy to fulfil his goals.

To gain the miniscule support that the United States was providing, Chiang Kai-shek had no option but to capitulate to US decisions, even when it meant that China had to sacrifice.