Hannah Pakula presents her work The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China, which tells the epic story of one of the most remarkable and controversial women of the twentieth century, and of the advent of the Asian superpower to which the United States is now inexorably tied. The wife of Chinese Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Madame Chiang was an extraordinary politician, diplomat, and global figure in her own right. She was viewed by her admirers as a relentless champion of freedom, while her detractors saw her as the arrogant, ruthless, and manipulative Dragon Lady. Henry Kissinger calls The Last Empress “rare combination of brilliant writing and insightful scholarship.”
About Hannah Pakula
Hannah Pakula is the author of The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania, which Graham Greene called one of the three best books of the year, and also of An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist.
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Laurence Bergreen, Author
Hannah Pakula, Author, The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China
Recorded at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City on January 27, 2010.