The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China
Author: Jay Taylor
Published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Year: 2010
Gelber Prize Winner
According to Jury Chair George Russell, “The Generalissimo is a remarkable achievement, a fresh and impeccably documented approach to a vital issue that puts the histories of the Chinese Revolution and of Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalists in a new and more favourable light. For decades since the Chinese Communist revolution, the triumphalist historical view of Mao Zedong’s Communist Party dominated. Chiang was viewed as a greedy villain and a puppet of Western capitalist influences. It is a tribute to Taylor’s objectivity that his own views changed as he researched the topic.
Lionel Gelber Prize Lecture and Award Ceremony | 2010