A THOUSAND SPRINGS: The Biography of a Marriage by Anna C. Chennault

A THOUSAND SPRINGS: The Biography of a Marriage

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Anna Chan at 19 was the newest and youngest member of the Kunming bureau of the Chinese Central News Agency. She was nervous as she tackled her first big assignment -- covering the human interest angle of the U.S. 14th Air Force's participation in the Sino-Japanese War. The most interesting part of the story was, of course, Major General Claire Lee Chennault, the Flying Tiger. From their first meeting, a bond of friendship grew between the gentle daughter of China's consul in San Francisco and the indomitable general, more than twice her age, whose family were French-American pioneer stock. Years passed, but when love became too strong to ignore, he found ways to overcome the multiple barriers of race, religion, and age. Once married, they faced the strenuous task of fighting the Communist takeover of China by building up his new airline (the ""most shot-at"" CAT) to help stimulate the country's economy by transporting goods and to save lives by airlifts and rescue missions. Their close ties with Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, their struggle to inform the Free World of the significance of the Communist menace, and Chennault's relationship to other American military figures of the period are the backdrop of this tender love story.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1962
ISBN: 0548451818
Publisher: Paul S. Eriksson