Dr Jung Chang is the famed Chinese author of Wild Swans described by the Wall Street Journal as the the most read book about China. Together with Mao: The Unknown Story, Jung Chang’s books have sold more than 15 million copies and are translated into 40 languages. Both books are banned in China however millions of pirated copies and computer downloads are in circulation in the region. Chang provides a unique first hand account of the politics and economics of China in recent times. Chang’s best sellers and her opinions are widely accepted as providing realistic and actual accounts of life in China under Chairman Mao which have been hidden from the masses.
Jung Chang was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) she worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot’ doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 at the University of York, becoming the first person from Communist China to receive a doctorate from a British university.
“Ever since the spectacular success of Chang’s Wild Swans we have waited impatiently for her to complete with her husband this monumental study of China’s most notorious modern leader. The expectation has been that she would rewrite modern Chinese history. The wait has been worthwhile and the expectation justified. This is a bombshell of a book.” – Chris Patten, last British Governor of Hong Kong
“An inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation and political upheaval with their humanity intact.”