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The generalissimo : Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China

Jay Taylor
Chiang was a man of war who led the most ancient and populous country in the world through a quarter century of bloody revolutions, civil conflict, and wars of resistance against Japanese aggression. In 1949, when he was defeated by Mao Zedong, he fled to Taiwan, where he ruled for another twenty-five years. Playing a key role in the cold war with China, Chiang suppressed opposition with his "white terror," controlled inflation and corruption, carried out land reform, and raised personal income, health, and educational levels on the island. --from publisher description
Print Book, English, 2009
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2009