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
suffering of the people of China during that tumultuous period in time,
a young soldier's fight for survival in those war-torn years.
This book is on Bowker (Books in Print) recommended lists,
September, 2003 http://www.bookwire.com/bookwire/bowkerrecommends/sept2003/warandterrorism.htm