Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 10, 2013 - History - 464 pages
29 Reviews
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“A book that has long cried out to be written.” — Observer (UK), Books of the Year

In 1937, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, Chinese troops clashed with Japanese occupiers in the first battle of World War II. Joining with the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, China became the fourth great ally in a devastating struggle for its very survival.

Prizewinning historian Rana Mitter unfurls China’s drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue as never before. Based on groundbreaking research, this gripping narrative focuses on a handful of unforgettable characters, including Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and Chiang’s American chief of staff, “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell. Mitter also recounts the sacrifice and resilience of everyday Chinese people through the horrors of bombings, famines, and the infamous Rape of Nanking.

More than any other twentieth-century event, World War II was crucial in shaping China’s worldview, making Forgotten Ally both a definitive work of history and an indispensable guide to today’s China and its relationship with the West.

“In the manner of David McCullough, [Mitter] creates a complex history that is urgently alive.” — Kirkus Reviews
  

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Review: Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Engaging but leaves many issues unaddressed. This book was really fascinating and left me with much more sympathy for Chiang and the Nationalists. The tale of the retreat from Beijing to Shanghai ... Read full review

Review: Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

User Review  - John Gurney - Goodreads

This concise, well-written overview covers the Sino-Japanese War, the first foray in World War II. The Chinese involvement in World War II was massive, resulting in some 14 million dead, a huge step ... Read full review

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Contents

City on Fire
1
Maps
15
The Path to War
25
Disaster
77
Resisting Alone
171
The Poisoned Alliance
237
The Enduring War
365
Back Matter
380
Back Flap
451
Back Cover
452
Spine
453
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About the author (2013)

RANA MITTER is a professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Oxford and the author of several books including A Bitter Revolution. He is a regular contributor to British television and radio. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere.

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