My God, It Missed Me!: A Young Soldier's Accounts of the War-Torn China 40-50's

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2002-190002. ISBN 0-9675988-2-6, paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 164p. $11.95

On July 7, 1937, Japan attacked China, starting the eight-year Sino-Japanese War within World War II. After Japan's surrender to the Allies in 1945, China soon plunged into civil war between the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek and the Communist forces of Mao Tse-Tung. The death and destruction caused by these successive wars in China was widespread and enormous. In this book, the author describes his childhood life in a remote mountain village in China, his early education, his drafting into the army during the civil war, and his battle-filled nightmares. Upon one harrowing occasion, a bullet missed him by a mere foot, striking and killing a nearby soldier. After the Nationalist forces were forced to retreat to Taiwan, the author began a new life that eventually led to his emigration to the United States.

Although World War II and the Chinese Civil War occurred a half-century ago, the effects of those wars still are present in China and Taiwan today. This book details the suffering of the people of China during that tumultuous period in time, and describes a young soldier's fight for survival in those war-torn years.

This book is on Bowker (Books in Print) recommended lists, September, 2003

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