The Scholar and the Tiger is at once a compelling family saga, thriller, social history, and spiritual journey. Written by a noted scholar, assisted by a writer friend, the story brings to life a tumultuous period in Chinese history while providing insights into China's emergence as a global power. Wen-wei Chang was born in 1929 as famine gripped northern China. Only the iron will of his mother kept the family alive. Wen-wei-a promising student-seemed destined for a brilliant career, but civil war intervened, forcing him to flee Beijing just before Communist forces arrived. In Shanghai, his family was reunited with his elder brother, now a leading Guomindang general commanding the final defense of the city.
David Wen-wei Chang is Rosebush Professor of Political Science emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Alden R. Carter, a freelance writer, is author of numerous books, including two histories of China for young people and China: From the First Chinese to the Olympics.
Chapter 1: The Lucky Daughter Chapter 2: The Enduring Cycle Chapter 3: The Frustrated Scholar Chapter 4: Famine Chapter 5: The Good Student Chapter 6: The Tiger Chapter 7: The Wise Mother Chapter 8: The Tiger at Bay Chapter 9: Exile Chapter 10: America and the Prodigal's Return