‘Fast paced and jammed with racy details’ – New York Times Book Review
The Soong Dynasty is the first full behind-the-scenes account of the extraordinary Soong family whose power and wealth dominated China and American policy towards Asia in the Twentieth Century.
It is an extraordinary work of historical detection which traces the family’s roots from the middle of the last century and their explosive rise thereafter.
Descendants of a runaway, they grew up in America under the protection of the Methodist church and returned to their homeland to make a fortune selling Western bibles.
The Soong Family became the principal rulers of China during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
In The Soong Dynasty, Sterling Seagrave describes for the first time the intricate and fascinating rise to power of Charlie Soong and his children, whom he married to some of China’s most powerful men to create a network of power and influence which was to last for over fifty years.
It is a classic tale of power, money, corruption and greed with elements of tragedy and comedy.
Praise for The Soong Dynasty:
‘Seagrave knows China, and has caught the atmosphere of that weird, melancholy place … he has shed light into so many dark places, and turned a difficult piece of history into an engrossing narrative’ - Daily Telegraph
‘Seagrave s marathon probe includes much new evidence … It is an important segment of twentieth century world history … People should therefore be encouraged to read it’ - Dervla Murphy, Irish Times
‘The Soong Dynasty brings much pungent material to light … [it is] a story unraveled with fluency and flair’ - Time
‘A gripping book. Seagrave has tackled a mighty subject with resourcefulness and spirit’ - Washington Post
‘Compulsively readable’ – International Herald Tribune
‘Mr Seagrave is a fine investigative reporter — digging up information from a multitude of sources, much of it original, and piecing together a gripping account of epochal events’ – Wall Street Journal
Sterling Seagrave, who grew up on the China-Burma border in the 1940s (his father was Dr Gordon Seagrave, author of Burma Surgeon), is the author of Yellow Rain, The Marcos Dynasty, Dragon Lady, and Lords of the Rim and has written many articles for major newspapers and magazines. In preparing The Soong Dynasty, he drew on half a lifetime in Asia and on many sources, including the files of Time Inc., the National Archives, many individuals, and the FBI, to produce a riveting and revealing narrative of major historical importance supplemented with much new material. He lives in Europe.
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The story of the Soong family whose power and wealth have dominated China and American policy towards Asia in the 20th century. It chronicles the family's roots from the middle of the 19th century and their rise to power thereafter. Descendants of a runaway, they grew up in America under the protection of the Methodist church and returned to their homeland to make a fortune selling Western bibles. The Soong family became the principle rulers of China during the first half of the 20th century. The book describes the intcricate rise to power of Charlie Soong and his children, whom he married to some of China's most powerful men to create a network of power and influence which was to last for over 50 years. It is a tale of power, money, corruption and greed.From the Back Cover:
Descendants of a Chinese runaway who grew to in America under the protection of the Methodist church and who returned to his homeland to make a fortune selling Western Bibles, the Soong family became the principal rulers of China during the first half of the 20th century and won the support of the American government and press for many decades.
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Book Description Harper, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. NEW, gift quality. Clean, crisp, unmarked pages. Immaculate text. DJ perfect, in mylar, but small bump to top of spine. Good value. We ship within 24 hours, carefully wrapped! We sell books from New to Acceptable. We take care to be accurate in our description. Most of our books were gently read and in fine condition. BNCTucsonbooks ships daily. Proceeds from the sales of books support an endowed scholarship to Brandeis University, Waltham Mass. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000030077
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060153083
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060153083
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060153083
Book Description Harper & Row, New York, NY, 1985. Hard Cover. Book Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, 4th Printing. Text/BRAND NEW & Bright, Black linen boards/Fine w/trace discoloration to lower edges. DJ/NF. Biographical history of the Soong family, whose wealth and power dominated China, and American foreign policy towards Asia for the first half of the 20th century. It all began with Charlie Soong, a runaway raised in America under the protection of the Methodist church, and became a Bible publisher and godson of American industrialist Julian Carr. Behind the scenes is Big-eared Tu of the Green Gang. Charlie begat six children. Specular Ai-ling weds finance minister H.H. Kung; revolutionary Ai-ling marries Amercian educated, founding father Sun Yat-sen; Wellesly educated First Lady May-ling is wife to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek; Prime Minister T.V. Soong marries into a New York banking family; and, financier T.L. Soong marries into a family San Francisco Bankers. A web of intrigue and control, all the more fantastic because it all happened. Bookseller Inventory # 002924