Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia

Last Boat Out of Shanghai

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 a thriving middle class when Mao's proletarian revolution emerged victoriou...


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TitleLast Boat Out of Shanghai
ISBN9780345522320
Author
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherBallantine Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, History, Cultural, China, Asia, War, World War II
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Reviews Last Boat Out of Shanghai

  • Johanna
    2019-01-09
    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 the experiences of people in Shanghai and the rest of China during World War II and Mao's Revolution are often overlooked, especially in the American context. This ...
  • Steven Z.
    2019-02-05
    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 1937 when the Japanese launched their invasion of China, however as she develops her story it is important to realize that the Japanese had their eyes on China as far ...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    2018-12-23
    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 provides a follow up to each person showcased in the book. It's a must read for anyone interested in Chinese or Asian history. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.
  • J. F.
    2018-12-22
    Book Review: Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution by Helen ZiaAs 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 of history, drama and exodus in a tumultuous era clouded by the fog of war. Out of the stories of thousands interviewed, people who were actually there - that so-called "Pa...
  • Just1MoreBook
    2019-01-31
    I couldn't put it down!
  • Jamie Lai
    2019-02-12
    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 frame of reference of the history and the consequences of war, but the stories are deeply personal and emotional. Mostly told from the point of view of children who grew up...
  • Ben
    2019-02-02
    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 book down as I wondered what happened to them as they struggled to survive that tumultuous time in China’s—and the world’s—history. It explained a lot about a ...
  • Bookie
    2019-01-28
    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 abandoned by her impoverished parents...to Benny, the privileged son a a wealthy police chief and traitor for the Japanese. I was so engrossed in their stories that ...
  • Emily Nelson
    2019-01-27
    EXCELLENTWhat 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 RECOMMEND!!!
  • Jocelyn
    2018-12-30
    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 the chaos that influenced people's decisions...do you stay and maybe get arrested or killed? Do you flee with nothing and start over again? Well written and researc...
  • Han-de Xie
    2019-02-05
    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 about her new book; I just had known of her as being famous in the Asian American community for all her work on civil rights and social justice issues and figured she...
  • Sherry Boschert
    2019-02-10
    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 characteristics of Shanghainese compared with the rest of China and came to care about the characters. I was blown away by the scale of the struggles she describes -- the first b...
  • Eileen Smith
    2019-02-12
    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 landscape of the Cultural Revolution. We know much of Europe during and after WWII but little of Asia’s upheaval. Here is a story of the heroic and the hedonisti...
  • Karen
    2019-02-06
    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 part of the world and about immigrants to the US of any nationality. It's a long book, 430 pages, but well worth the read.
  • Marleen
    2019-02-05
    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 wanted to leave China found themselves in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or the United States. Everyone had a story of abandonment or loss. Helen Zia has profiled four immigrants st...
  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    2019-02-13
    Undeniably fascinating.