Forgotten Ally

Forgotten Ally

China's World War II, 1937-1945

Book - 2013
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"For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. China was the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West. In this emotionally gripping book, made possible through access to newly unsealed Chinese archives, Rana Mitter unfurls the story of China's World War II as never before and rewrites the larger history of the war in the process. He focuses his narrative on three towering leaders -- Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and the lesser-known collaborator Wang Jingwei -- and extends the timeline of the war back to 1937, when Japanese and Chinese troops began to clash, fully two years before Hitler invaded Poland. Unparalleled in its research and scope, Forgotten Ally is a sweeping, character-driven history that will be essential reading not only for anyone with an interest in World War II, but also for those seeking to understand today's China, where, as Mitter reveals, the echoes of the war still reverberate"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2013]
Edition: First U.S. Edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780618894253
061889425X
Characteristics: xii, 450 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jul 26, 2014

This is a very well written book that covers the entire experience of China in World War 2. It focuses largely on the political, diplomatic and social aspects of this struggle which, as argued by the author, are so significant in China's history that these continue to affect events and attitudes today.

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