|Publication Date||November 1, 1987|
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‘Fast paced and jammed with racy details’ – New York Times Book Review
The Soong Dynasty is the first full behind-the-scenes account of the extraordinary Soong family whose power and wealth dominated China and American policy towards Asia in the Twentieth Century.
It is an extraordinary work of historical detection which traces the family’s roots from the middle of the last century and their explosive rise thereafter.
Descendants of a runaway, they grew up in America under the protection of the Methodist church and returned to their homeland to make a fortune selling Western bibles.
The Soong Family became the principal rulers of China during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
In The Soong Dynasty, Sterling Seagrave describes for the first time the intricate and fascinating rise to power of Charlie Soong and his children, whom he married to some of China’s most powerful men to create a network of power and influence which was to last for over fifty years.
It is a classic tale of power, money, corruption and greed with elements of tragedy and comedy.
Praise for The Soong Dynasty:
‘Seagrave knows China, and has caught the atmosphere of that weird, melancholy place … he has shed light into so many dark places, and turned a difficult piece of history into an engrossing narrative’ - Daily Telegraph
‘Seagrave s marathon probe includes much new evidence … It is an important segment of twentieth century world history … People should therefore be encouraged to read it’ - Dervla Murphy, Irish Times
‘The Soong Dynasty brings much pungent material to light … [it is] a story unraveled with fluency and flair’ - Time
‘A gripping book. Seagrave has tackled a mighty subject with resourcefulness and spirit’ - Washington Post
‘Compulsively readable’ – International Herald Tribune
‘Mr Seagrave is a fine investigative reporter — digging up information from a multitude of sources, much of it original, and piecing together a gripping account of epochal events’ – Wall Street Journal
Sterling Seagrave, who grew up on the China-Burma border in the 1940s (his father was Dr Gordon Seagrave, author of Burma Surgeon), 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. In preparing The Soong Dynasty, he drew on half a lifetime in Asia and on many sources, including the files of Time Inc., the National Archives, many individuals, and the FBI, to produce a riveting and revealing narrative of major historical importance supplemented with much new material. He lives in Europe.