The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness historya??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 Maoa??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 warlorda??s concubine; her mothera??s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parentsa?? 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 a??barefoot doctor,a?? a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, movinga??and ultimately upliftinga??detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.