A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Book - 2010 | 1st ed. --
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In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Only thirty were women. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Under enemy fire they crossed highland awamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of them would survive, but remarkably all of the women would live to tell the tale.

Unbound is an amazing story of love, friendship, and survival written by a new master of adventure narrative.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316167086
Branch Call Number: 951.042 Kin 9254ul 1
951.042 Kin 9254mv 1
951.042 Kin 9254mm 1
951.042 Kin 9254ag 1
Characteristics: xxv, 399 p. : ill., maps


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Nov 09, 2013

I was prepared to like this book, because I was so taken with Dean King's Skeletons on the Zahara. But this one disappoints. Too much killing by the Communist party bigwigs, too much mistrust, too much using each other and the people they're supposedly representing. Murders probably number in the millions. I ended with a much lower opinion of Mao and all the rest than I'd already had, and that wasn't high.

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