Glowing portrait of Hadane Chiang, whose story is one that stands repetition for its many-faceted aspects. There is the unusual family setting -- a father, Charley S, himself a story-book figure, a mother who was far ahead of her generation, particularly in China; of gifted children, born to revolution; of American education, in May-ling's case from the age of ten on. And then of three extraordinary marriages, each one breaking precedent, so that today the three Soong sisters represent three distinct phases of modern China. Helen Nicolay makes no attempt to give China's history, but much of it is implicit in the career of Chiang Kai-Shek and his brilliant wife,-the New Life Movement, the emergence of China from medieval to modern times, the conflict with Communism, brought to a head with the kidnapping of Chiang, the development of cooperative industries, the work for war orphans, the moving of the government to Chungking, the simplicity of the Chiang's home life, the visit to America -- and always the threat of Japan. Good introduction to China's ""first lady"".