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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Review: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China

User Review  - LATOYA SAUNDERS - Goodreads

The prologue is wordy and circuitous. A lot of talk to say that Empress Tzu Hsi was maliciously slandered for the personal gain of individuals and the justification of nations. Just skip it the rest ... Read full review

Review: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I don't know enough to comment on the history, but the book is a well-written and fascinating account of the Empress Dowager, embedded in the context and politics at the confluence of the height of ... Read full review


ONE Lady Yehenara
TWO Foreign Devils
THREE The Palace Coup

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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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