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9780316167093

Unbound A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

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    9780316167093

  • ISBN10:

    0316167096

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-11
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
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Summary

In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing complete annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic journey, the likes of which had never been seen before. Their trek would eventually cover 6,000 miles over 370 days. But that's not even the most incredible part of the story: of those 86,000 who began what would become known as "The Long March," only 30 were women. Often under enemy fire, they crossed highland swamps that claimed dozens of lives; climbed treacherous Tibetan peaks; scrambled over bridges made of nothing more than chains, and trudged through the hot sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of the original group would survive, but remarkably most of the women would live to tell the tale.Dean King's UNBOUND tells the amazing story of these thirty women: their love, friendship, and survival. This is truly a journey like none other, told by a master of adventure narrative.

Author Biography

Dean King is also the author of the best-selling Skeletons on the Zahara. He has written for many publications, including Men's Journal, Esquire, Outside, New York, and the New York Times. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Pronunciation Guidep. xiii
Principal Women of This Account of the Long Marchp. xvii
Useful Termsp. xxv
Author's Notep. xxvii
The March to the West
A Floweringp. 3
The Strugglep. 11
The Chosen, Early October 1934p. 19
Leaving Jiangxi, October 1934p. 29
No Tears, October 1934p. 42
Into Hunan and Guangdong, October-November 1934p. 47
Xiang River Debacle, November 25-December 1, 1934p. 61
Crossing Southern China
Thundergod Cliff, December 1934p. 75
Into Guizhou, December 1934p. 86
Love, Power, and Revolution in Zunyi, January 1935p. 99
Little Devils, January 1935p. 111
A New Year, January-February 1935p. 119
Where the Han Are Unwelcome, March-April 1935p. 132
Dead Child, April-May 1935p. 144
North Through Sichuan
Two Raging Rivers, May 1935p. 157
Hitting the Roof, June 1935p. 173
A Meeting of Armies, Mid-June 1935p. 189
Through the Tibetan Snowies, July-August 1935p. 201
Beyond the Snowies, August 1935p. 219
The Caodi, August 1935p. 227
Home Stretch
Life After Death, September 1935p. 239
A Five-Hundred-Mile Sprint, September-October 1935p. 255
The Fourth Army Hunkers Down, October 1935-February 1936p. 266
A Union of Forces, November 1935-October 1936p. 274
In the Throat, October-December 1936p. 292
The Destruction of the West Route Army, January-March 1937p. 306
Prisoners of the Ma, April-November 1937p. 319
Epiloguep. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 337
Notesp. 341
Interviews Conducted for This Bookp. 375
Bibliographyp. 377
Indexp. 385
Reading Group Guidep. 401
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