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...
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    Jan 28, 2019
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  • John P. Davidson
    Mar 04, 2019
    Riveting, true stories of four people and their attempts to leave Shanghai during China's Communist revolution in 1949. Zia has a gift for storytelling; I recommend this wholeheartedly. ...
  • 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...
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    Mar 05, 2019
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    Mar 08, 2019
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  • Just1MoreBook
    Jan 31, 2019
    I couldn't put it down! ...
  • Diane
    Feb 28, 2019
    The harrowing non-fiction story of an era of Chinese history that I knew very little about. Told from the viewpoint of four individuals who lived during the time of Chiang Kai Shek and Chairman Mao. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Marleen
    Feb 05, 2019
    The fascinating story of how the political upheaval in China resulted in waves of refugees leaving or escaping for a variety of reasons. After the Japanese invaded China, they took control. They were replaced by the Nationalists who were ousted by the Communists. People who never wante...
  • 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...
  • Michele
    Mar 20, 2019
    Totally loved this book! ...
  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    Feb 13, 2019
    Undeniably fascinating. ...
  • Tina Larson
    Feb 17, 2019
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  • 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...
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    Feb 14, 2019
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  • 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 ...
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    Feb 18, 2019
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    Jan 02, 2019
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  • 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...
  • John Johnson
    Feb 18, 2019
    An absolutely amazing story of young children struggling through turbulent years under occupation and political turmoil. Their strong will to push forward with their lives in the most adverse situations has been well written ? compiling story!! ...