The audio performance of this book is truly good.
The Dowager Empress Cixi – power hungry witch or misunderstood woman.
Chang goes with misunderstood.
This biography of the Dowager Empress at times borders on hagiography. At times, it almost feels like Chang wants to make the Dowager more sinned against than sinning. But then, also she isn’t frightened to call a murderer a murderer.
There is much political debate and maneuvering in this biography. It is unclear whether or not Chang’s contention of the Empress as a reformer is totally on target. But there is a good point about the bad press. The connections between modern history and education were interesting.