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    • Imperial Twilight

    • The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age
    • By: Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    When Britain launched its first war on China in 1839, pushed into hostilities by profiteering drug merchants and free-trade interests, it sealed the fate of what had long been seen as the most prosperous and powerful empire in Asia, if not the world. But internal problems of corruption, popular unrest, and dwindling finances had weakened China far more than was commonly understood, and the war would help set in motion the eventual fall of the Qing dynasty - which, in turn, would lead to the rise of nationalism and communism in the 20th century. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Balanced readable narrative about the Opium Wars

    • By Carl A. Gallozzi on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

    • China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
    • By: Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated by: Angela Lin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • InTOLerable Reader

    • By Adam on 07-07-12

    Regular price: $34.99