Empress Cixi — a low-ranking consort who became regent for her son and ruled for four decades — is often perceived as a viciously insular ruler who brought down the Qing dynasty, China's last emperors. Jung Chang is out to change that, with a biography that takes on elements of the best political thrillers.
Violette Szabo-undercover British agent in the SOE, known as the bravest of us all. She was tortured by Gestapo & executed @ Ravensbruck. Her story was documented by the film & book Carve Her Name W/ Pride.