Books by Jung Chang

Born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China in 1952 At the age of fourteen she was a Red Guard Worked as a peasant, a 'barefoot doctor', a steelworker, and an electrician Became an English-language student then an assistant lecturer at Sichu


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"In an entertaining biography, the empress finally has her day."
An impassioned defense of the daughter of a government employee who finagled her way to becoming the long-reigning empress dowager, feminist and reformer. Read full book review >
MAO by Jung Chang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2005

"A startling document, one that will surely occasion revision of the historical record."
In the spirit of The Black Book of Communism (1999), this grand narrative aims to show that Mao Tse-tung was among the greatest mass murderers in history—if not the greatest of them all. Read full book review >
WILD SWANS by Jung Chang
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of the people''; and the daughter, the author, raised during the reactionary Cultural Revolution, then sent abroad in 1978, when the story ends, to study in England, where she now, at age 39, serves as Director of Chinese Studies for External Services, Univ. of London. In recounting her grandmother's early life—the binding of her feet, her time as the concubine of a warlord, her escape with her infant daughter after his death, and her marriage to a respectable middle-class doctor—Chang provides a vivid picture of traditional China and the place of women before the Communist Revolution. Read full book review >