: 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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Meanwhile, Mao destroyed the mainland’s economy and social structure. The digital Loeb Classical Library geneeralissimo. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

I really don’t have much more to say. Lacking adequate mechanisms to address the conflicts within the nation, using unofficial means to accomplish generaissimo proved to be a fairly normal path to take. It also may even have prevented the Khmer Rouge, also supported by communist China, from coming to power in Cambodia.

Drawing on numerous newly-available Chinese sources from the National Archives in Taiwan including Chiang’s personal diaries, Taylor provides a much more detailed and personal biography of Chiang.

Here’s a nice quote from this period: Tayor Our Mailing List: It presents a broad picture of the man and his circle based on his diaries as well as other declassified sources. I have to say, Chiang Kai-Shek who has a completely negtive evaluation in mainland Gneralissimo, we must read his life biography written by a different writer.


Apr 04, Brandon Chang rated it it was amazing.

The Generalissimo

He had a terrible temper, and often refused good advice. Taylor organized this publication in four Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The Generalissimo: Hardcoverpages. A must read for anyone who loves history. If Kim had not attacked the South in and instead Mao had launched his junk armada against Taiwan in June, almost certainly the Truman administration would not have intervened to save Chiang Kai-shek.

He is a man with bottom line, maybe, his personality is one of the reasons making he losing many golden opportunities, and finally defected by the extremely ruthless Mao.

The Generalissimo — Jay Taylor | Harvard University Press

He made it sound like it was a good idea on Chiang’s part to give in to the Japanese and fight the communists. All in all, this is a grand biography worthy of a grand character in generalisaimo history. The author had access to an amazing data source, Ciang Kai-Shek’s personal diary that he wrote in daily.

The Soviet Union not only allowed the Chinese communists to infiltrate Manchura, they also heavily armed them – partially with recently captured Japanese arms, and partially with Soviet arms.

He looks at both the good and bad without criticism. The book is divided into four parts.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. 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. Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China. His best course of action was to try to hold on the portion of the country south of the great wall. The book is massive – weighing 1. He seems to gloss over Chiang’s abuses a generalixsimo bit, but on the whole it is well done.

Aug taylpr, Kiril rated it really liked it Shelves: Tellingly, the infamous incident in which CKS allegedly never heard of monsoons is carefully deconstructed by Taylor, while Pakula repeats it verbatim. He also cracked down on internal dissent and threats beneralissimo his own power ruthlessly, executing suspected communist infiltrators, engaging in espionage against KMT rivals, and supporting anti-communist coups in South Vietnam and abroad.

Now a different Chiang stands before us. Mao could easily have insisted that the invasion of Taiwan take precedence, but he did not.