Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.
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by Stephen Greenblatt
by Stephen Harding
by Stephen E. Ambrose
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by Stephen R. Platt
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by Benjamin Alire Saenz
"This account provides a riveting account of the nineteenth-century Taiping Revolution in China, which cost the country 20 million people. When the United States and Great Britain sided with the Qin rulers against the revolutionaries, it set China on a historical course that is still influencing the country's leaders. Narrator Angela Lin keeps the story moving with her vocal clarity and excellent pacing, and she's adept at pronouncing the Chinese names. However, she often sounds loud and breathless--as if every sentence carries a vital piece of information--a style that grows tiresome over the course of the book. Listeners would have been better served if she had saved her vigor for select passages, thereby focusing attention on what's truly important. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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