Dragon lady: the life and legend of the last empress of China

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Knopf, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 601 pages
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The author of The Soong Dynasty gives us our most vivid and reliable biography yet of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, remembered through the exaggeration and falsehood of legend as the ruthless Manchu concubine who seduced and murdered her way to the Chinese throne in 1861. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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DRAGON LADY: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Spectacularly told debunking of myth and legend surrounding China's last empress—the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi (1835-1908)—by Seagrave (The Marcos Dynasty, 1988, etc.). Born the obscure daughter of an ... Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

Fascinating alternate take on the life and power of Cixi, the last Empress of China, who is usually presumed to have been very powerful during the closing years of the Qing Dynasty. Seagrave portrays ... Read full review


ONE Lady Yehenara
TWO Foreign Devils
THREE The Palace Coup

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About the author (1992)

Sterling Seagrave grew up on the China-Burma border. For many years an investigative reporter in Asia, he is the author of Yellow Rain, The Marcos Dynasty, Dragon Lady, The Soong Dynasty, and Lords of the Rim. Peggy Seagrave is Sterling’ s wife and longtime collaborator. They live in Europe.

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