Book of the Month: The Soong Dynasty

The book is available at major foreign-language book stores. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

Book Review

The book "The Soong Dynasty" is an inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

The signifcant of this book is that it depict the story without nation's favour in the way of China and Taiwan. Soony Dynasty was never a guilty or mighty in this book. According the statistic and report from media, it evince that Soony Dynasty was the most rich man trading with politic.

Sterling Seagrave, a decent China scholar, has produced a punchy history of the Soong family and it's marriages to the rich and powerful of republican China including Chiang Kai Shek (Jiang Jie Shi, actually, aka CKS)and Sun Yat Sen.

The work is generally accurate about the dynasty's incredible greed, the tales of the three sisters including Dragon Lady Madame Chiang. The mainland Chinese still ike to sum them up with the bon mot that there were three sisters; one loved power, one loved money, and one loved China. This volume explains why.

The book is a splendid introduction to modern Taiwan and why it is as it is, why the Chinese Republic failed, and how drug dealing and corruption brought it down. It is a wonderful introduction to Tuchmann's classic "Stilwell and the American Experience in China."

The book is perhaps too hard on old CKS who had great strengths as an organizer and mollifier, and did make some attempts and land and fiscal reform. But it is broadly accurate and is a must read for any scholar of modern China.

The Soong Dynasty is why the mainland and Taiwan are what they are today!

About Author

Sterling Seagrave, who grew up on the China - Burma border in the 1940s, 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.
  • About CCC Book Club:

    The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

    At the CCC' s Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

    Booklist:  Click here to view the whole booklist of the past meetings.

    CCC Book Club day group:
    10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.

    CCC Book Club Evening Group:
    7:30 pm, every third Thursday of the month

    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.

    Venue: Chinese Culture Club, Beijing, China.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.