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Forgotten Ally

China's World War II, 1937-1945

By Rana Mitter, 1969-

The epic, untold story of China’s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan

For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became 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.

Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of China’s Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communists’ fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiang’s American chief of staff, the unforgettable “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of China’s wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, Forgotten Ally shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice.
Forgotten Ally rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping China’s worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work.

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2013

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9780618894253


Format: Book
Author: Mitter, Rana, 1969-
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Forgotten ally : China's World War II, 1937-1945 / Rana Mitter.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
Subject: Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 World War, 1939-1945 -- China China -- History -- 1937-1945
Isbn: 9780618894253 (hbk.) 061889425X (hbk.)
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Call Number: 951.042 Mit
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Format: Book
Author: Mitter, Rana, 1969-
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Forgotten ally : China's World War II, 1937-1945 / Rana Mitter.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
Description: xii, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- China
Subjects: China -- History -- 1937-1945
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Part I: The Path to War -- As Close as Lips and Teeth: China's Fall, Japan's Rise -- A New Revolution -- The Path to Confrontation -- Part II: Disaster -- Thirty-seven Days in Summer: The Outbreak of War -- The Battle for Shanghai --Refugees and Resistance -- . Massacre at Nanjing -- The Battle of Taierzhuang -- The Deadly River -- Part III: Resisting Alone -- "A sort of wartime normal" -- Flight into the Unknown -- The Road to Pearl Harbor -- Part IV: The Poisoned Alliance -- Destination Burma -- Hunger in Henan -- States of Terror -- Conference at Cairo -- One War, Two Fronts -- Showdown with Stilwell -- Unexpected Victory -- Epilogue: The Enduring War.
LCCN: 2013026746
ISBN: 9780618894253 (hbk.)
ISBN: 061889425X (hbk.)
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Call Number: 951.042 Mit