DRAGON LADY: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE LAST EMPRESS OF CHINA
January 17, 2005
DRAGON LADY: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE LAST EMPRESS OF CHINA by Sterling Seagrave (Vintage, 1993). History is written by the winners, and sometimes the losers can get a very bad press indeed. In western history, the most conspicuous example of that is King Richard III, a fine warrior and good king who was turned into a hunchback and a murderer by Shakespeare, Thomas More, and other Tudor apologists. In the Orient, you have Tzu Hsi, the last Dowager Empress of China. Older histories paint her in sinister colors, as a combination of Lucretia Borgia, Fu Manchu, and Cersei Lannister, but the truth was rather different. Sterling Seagrave tells the true tale of Tzu Hsi, her life, and the last days of the Manchu emperors in DRAGON LADY: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE LAST EMPRESS OF CHINA. This is history that reads like a novel; thoroughly engrossing.