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Last Boat Out of Shanghai

The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution
By: Helen Zia
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins

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Summary

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.

Shanghai has historically been China's jewel; its richest, most modern, and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao's proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. 

Benny, who as a teenager became the unwilling heir to his father's dark wartime legacy, must decide either to escape to Hong Kong or navigate the intricacies of a newly Communist China. The resolute Annuo, forced to flee her home with her father, a defeated Nationalist official, becomes an unwelcome exile in Taiwan. The financially strapped Ho fights deportation from the US in order to continue his studies while his family struggles at home. And Bing, given away by her poor parents, faces the prospect of a new life among strangers in America. The lives of these men and women are marvelously portrayed, revealing the dignity and triumph of personal survival.

©2019 Helen Zia (P)2019 Tantor

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“The dramatic story of four young people who were among the thousands fleeing China after 1949's Communist revolution. Eye-opening.” (People)

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  • 02-07-19

Great book, poor performance

The book itself is an engaging read and I highly recommend it! Unfortunately, the audio performance falls short. Some sections have obviously been re-recorded, and the quality during those sections is incredibly poor - the voice is distorted and there is a lot of background noise. If the stories weren’t so great, this alone would have stopped me from finishing the book!

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  • David L. Jones
  • 01-07-19

Incredibly enlightening!!

Outstanding book!! I didn’t want it to end

As the husband of a Shanghai woman who spent 7 years in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, I particularly appreciated learning more about this time in history.

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  • Bob
  • 01-06-19

a story all Americans should read

WIth the many problems we have in USA today. We are still blessed to have a free press and many people who still care about truth, character and caring about your neighbor.

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  • 22-05-19

Last boat out of Singapore

Good book the The history of it is very interesting good story enjoyed it I recommend it