Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China's 1949 Communist revolution--a precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. Shanghai has historically been China's jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China's ...

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Title:Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution
Author:Helen Zia
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:034552232X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution Reviews

  • Jamie Lai
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is an incredible read. The author deftly weaves through the real stories of four individuals from the late 1930s during the second Sino-Japanese War and during the aftermath when the KMT and CPC clashed. What is amazing about this book is not only does it give you a great fram...
  • Katie
    Apr 15, 2019
    This nonfiction history book tells the stories of four Shanghai people who lived through the Communist Revolution. The writing lacks literary flair, but I cared a lot about following each person's life. I've read other books from this time period, but this focuses on the cosmopolitan c...
  • Meredith
    May 16, 2019
    I hadn't realized how little I knew about Chinese history. I knew almost nothing about the American and English involvement in the country. The war with Japan, the occupation, liberation after WWII and then the civil war and the cultural revolution were shown through the stories of fou...
  • Mary Ann
    Mar 14, 2019
    This book relates the experiences of four young people in Shanghai in the years leading up to and immediately following WWII. It provides a fascinating look into what it was like to grow up in a country torn by war and division. It provided what many of the histories of the period cann...
  • Laura
    May 08, 2019
    Helen Zia's book covers the history of Shanghai from the late 1930s, when the Japanese invaded, through the Communist takeover in 1949, by telling the true stories of 4 young people from different stations of life, capped by their escape from the city to various other sites (Taiwan, th...
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    Apr 22, 2019
    this is the story of Chinese migrants from Shanghai who were force out of their home city by war and communism. There are four main characters in the book and we follow them from the late 1920s until their final lives. We learn about the lives of the four during the 1930s leading up to...
  • Just1MoreBook
    Jan 31, 2019
    I couldn't put it down! ...
  • Meepspeeps
    Apr 10, 2019
    This book was hard for me to rate because the research, historical context, and featured stories taught me much more than I previously knew about Shanghai in the 1930s-1950s. As a history book written by the people who lived it (interviewed by the author), it is excellent. Some of the ...
  • Candace
    Feb 20, 2019
    Wow -- I haven't found a book that I couldn't put down (a 400+ page book, to boot) in a very long time. This is a gripping narrative based on real-life interviews of four individuals who faced the Japanese occupation of Shanghai in the late 1940s and the mass exodus from the city durin...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Last. Boat Out of Shanghai is an excellent engrossing read. Zia proffers snapshots of four people who escaped from China prior to the onslaught of the Communists. Each story is fascinating and equally gripping. The notes are extensive as well as the bibliography. The author provide...
  • William Matthies
    Apr 23, 2019
    The Goodreads summary of this book says it follows the lives of four young people fleeing the 1949 Communist takeover of China. It is that but their story actually begins with the Japanese invasion of China, which predates US involvement in WWII, continuing all the way to very recent t...
  • Bert Forsythe
    Apr 02, 2019
    The Shanghainese focus disclosed in the title makes this a less comprehensive read about Chinese history than I had wanted, but it allowed for rich detail and vivid color about being roughly a Nationalist in Shanghai from 1932-1960. The writing moves and immerses, and the editing is so...
  • Ruby Schuberg
    Feb 25, 2019
    A nonfiction account of the lives and struggles of four people caught up in the changing world in Shanghai China from the 1930s to the 1950s. It reads like a novel as we follow these men and women from their diverse childhoods to adulthood. The class struggles and cultural differences ...
  • Steven Z.
    Feb 05, 2019
    From 1931 onward, the Chinese people were confronted with continuous Japanese aggression, humiliation, occupation, and inhumanity. In Helen Zia?s new book, LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI: THE EPIC STORY OF THE CHINESE WHO FLED MAO?S REVOLUTION the author seems to begin here story in 193...
  • Bookie
    Jan 28, 2019
    Last Boat captivated me from the start with its rich depiction of occupied Shanghai's wartime past witnessed through the impacted lives of 4 real protagonists from childhood. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to each of the vastly different individuals: from Bing, a 6 yo girl a...
  • Ben
    Feb 02, 2019
    As a history buff and someone intrigued by China in particular, I bought the book expecting a matter-of-fact narration of the Chinese diaspora from Shanghai post WWII. What I got was that but so much more! I got sucked into the lives of four then-young people and couldn?t put the boo...
  • Sherry Boschert
    Feb 10, 2019
    Wow. By taking us into the lives of four Shanghai residents who survived famine, the decadence of elites, colonialism, Japanese invasion, World War II, and Mao's revolution in China, Helen Zia personalizes an epic historical tale. I learned so much about the politics and characteristic...
  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    Feb 13, 2019
    Undeniably fascinating. ...
  • Andrew Lam
    Apr 30, 2019
    This was an excellent book about a time that has not often been looked at by historians of late. The end of WWII and conclusion of the Chinese Civil War led to the displacement of millions and changed societies all over the world. The vast majority of Chinese American immigration in th...
  • Ben Zee
    Mar 27, 2019
    A most memorable book that I have read. It brings to life the tragic and tumultuous history of China during World War II Japanese invasion, the civil war between the Nationalist and Communist, and the ultimate Communist takeover resulting in an exodus of millions from China. Helen Zia ...
  • J. F.
    Dec 22, 2018
    Book Review: Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution by Helen Zia As a bibliophile, I approached this book as falling under the category "...And Now for Something Different", - and what an incredible read! Helen Zia deftly weaves a tale ...
  • Eileen Smith
    Feb 12, 2019
    This gives a behind-the-curtain look at China from 1930?s through the defeat of the Nationalists and rise of Communists. Sounds dry?...not at all. The personal stories are the frame for history and culture. Each one quite different, but each contributing to a view of the very complex...
  • Eileen Sauer
    Apr 30, 2019
    Background: Sis and I and our cousins on mom's side of the family were born in the US, while our parents grew up during WWII. Mom was born in Shanghai and her father worked for China Merchant Marine. At first they owned a house in Little Tokyo, then lived in row houses in Japanese-cont...
  • Patricia
    Mar 28, 2019
    Helen Zia has written a classic. She follows four Chinese citizens and their families who experienced the horrors of 20th century China. We share their suffering under the cruel and murderous occupation by Japan, the savage war between the Communists and the Nationalists after WWII, an...
  • Emily Nelson
    Jan 27, 2019
    EXCELLENT What an amazing story, all true and so well written. If you feel sorry for yourself, read this book, and you'll think twice. It shows how people can survive and thrive, even during the very worst of times. This book makes you CARE about each person's journey. HIGHLY RECOMM...
  • Karen
    Feb 06, 2019
    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It is a story of resiliency and survival during the period from 1937-1957 in China. The research and details the author provides about China and the countries/factions wanting control appears exhaustive and thorough. I learned much about this...
  • Jocelyn
    Dec 30, 2018
    A highly researched book about a very confusing time in China's history. The Last Boat Out of Shanghai shares the experiences of four very different people who were involved in the events of 1949. Looking at the event from these four perspectives allows the reader to better understand ...
  • Johanna
    Jan 09, 2019
    The book Last Boat Out of Shanghai tells the story of four people who faced Mao's Revolution in China and about their experiences. These people all lived in Shanghai, although their lifestyles and experiences were very different. This is an important piece of history to cover, because ...
  • Han-de Xie
    Feb 05, 2019
    To be honest, I?m not much of a reader anymore having found it much easier to to turn on my flat screen and stream Netflix, etc., instead. However, I discovered this book when I attended a community event at which the author, Helen Zia, spoke. I didn?t know she was going to talk ab...
  • 1953lincolngmail.Com
    May 05, 2019
    Having lived in Hong Kong and visited China in the early 1980's, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories of the lives of the people in this book. It is hard to imagine all of the horrors that they and their families lived through! A "hard to put down" read for me. ...