The Soong Dynasty
The Soong Dynasty is the first full behind-the-scenes account of the extraordinary Soong family whose power and wealth dominated China and American policy towards Asia in the twentieth century.
Descendants of a runaway, the sisters grew up in America under the protection of the Methodist church and returned to their homeland to make a fortune selling Western bibles. From there, each sister rose meteorically through the political ranks to take their place at the tables of power in China.
Older sister Ai-ling married the richest man in China and, alongside her husband, came to exert significant influence on the policies of the government in the 1930s and 40s.
Holding positions in the upper echelons of government, middle sister Ching-ling became the new republic's Vice Chairman. Married to Sun Yat-sen, the first President of the Republic of China and legendary "Father of the Nation", she wielded significant power before and after 1949.
May-ling, the youngest sister, lived until 105, her life crossing three centuries. Working to unite the country against Japanese invasion, she was often in the USA lobbying on behalf of her country in her position as First Lady of the Republic of China, through her marriage to the infamous Generalissimo and President, Chiang Kai-shek.