Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Unbound A True Story of War Love and Survival In October the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers Rather than surrender Communists embarked on an epic f

  • Title: Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival
  • Author: Dean King
  • ISBN: 9780316167086
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety Only thirty were women Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days Under enemy fire they crossed highland awamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scIn October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety Only thirty were women Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days Under enemy fire they crossed highland awamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts Fewer than 10,000 of them would survive, but remarkably all of the women would live to tell the tale Unbound is an amazing story of love, friendship, and survival written by a new master of adventure narrative.

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    • Dean King

      I like to read, wander cross country, travel in cultures I don t understand, cycle, play squash, and I m a foodie But most of all I like to be in the throes of writing a book This is invigorating work The moment when the hard won research combines with a bit of sweat and blood and occasionally a tear to become a fluid paragraph is like no other What I hope to achieve is to suspend time and disbelief for the reader and carry her or him into another world, where they live fully and in the moment.

    363 thoughts on “Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

    • I bought this book with me when I went to my doctor, and she wondered why it had been written by a man. Considering, however, that King points out the influence of his wife, mother, children, and dog are all females. Look at Pratchett's Tiffany vs. Rowling's Harry after all. Additionally, my knowledge of Chinese history is very general. I knew about the Long March, but not that women had gone and not the Long March actually included more than one march. Luckily for me, King makes access to this [...]


    • Article first published as Book Review: Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival by Dean King on Blogcritics.Encarta Dictionary defines “long” as seeming to last forever, beyond what is wanted and extending considerable distance. The Red Army’s incredible Long March exemplifies the word. In Unbound Dean King brilliantly renders the histories of the thirty women who joined 86,000 soldiers of the Red Army in a retreat from Chiang Kaishek’s Nationalist Army. The majority of the men [...]


    • Detachable reference bookmark. Three little words that mean a great deal in this non-fiction text about the Long March in China that started in 1934, and this bookmark, as simple as it sounds, provides the key to author Dean King’s research. He reveals the story of thirty amazing women in an easy to understand way, despite the mountains of facts and details he uncovers. The bookmark itself is a shortened “cheat sheet” in order to keep track of fifteen of the more notable women. Just by pro [...]


    • Step by step, one day at a time, the Red Army marched west and north 4000 miles across the breadth of China. It was October 1934 and the Communist Red Army pulled up stakes in Jingxi province to flee the advancing Nationalist forces.Prior to reading this book I knew almost nothing about the early twentieth century history of China. Mr. King includes a section on the rise of the Communist party and details on the role of women in Chinese society of that time. Women were treated as slaves, farm la [...]


    • Well I have found another book to add to that shelf of special books. And since my College Girl trust my taste I was thinking maybe you would also like to share it with me. "Unbound" by Dean King has left me with wonder and awe at the strength of the human race. This is a story of 86,000 Red soldiers who walked over 4,000 miles in 370 days to escape the Chinese Red Army in 1934. Less than 10,000 would survive. Now only 30 of those who escaped were women and amazing that all 30 of those women sur [...]


    • "Unbound" is an authoritative account of the Long March, the March that Mao's Red Army took to evade defeat in 1934 (4,000 miles). It is written from the angle of the 30 women who chose to join the march among 86,000 men because they saw communism as a chance to escape a repressive society.It was a harrowing journey that was marked by hunger and disease with babies born along the way and left behind. These women believed they marched "to advance the plight of the poor and of women in general who [...]


    • This is the best book I've ever read on the Long March. Well-researched, well-written, well-footnoted, fascinating read. I loved the emphasis on the stories of several of the women in the various army groups of the Long March. I had a bit of trouble keeping all the names separate and straight in my head---did not detach the included "cheat sheet" bookmark as I was using a library copy. But I'd recommend using that as one reads unless one is very good at Chinese names. I also had trouble seeing a [...]


    • Thoroughly researched, well written account of the amazing story of the Long March. King focuses on the stories of the women, who persevered despite hunger, childbirth, betrayal, and insurmountable odds to help unite the Red Army and bring the lives of Chinese women into the 20th century. I found Unbound to be a very well documented, interesting and knowledgeable book. Still get shivers thinking about all these women survived.


    • Fascinating glimpse of an era of modern history about which I know very little. The maps were particularly helpful.




    • [spoilers]Book tells stories of communist women who took part in "The long march". The history of women in China is unpleasant, perhaps from the founding of China thousands of years ago, certainly for several centuries, and on both sides of the communist civil war, continuing today. The book is well researched and provides a great depth of detail on numerous women in the communist ranks. It's not easy or pleasant to read because the state of women before the communists was horrid, and among the [...]


    • This book is about 30 women who walked the long journey on Mao's March and what they went through. While it does enlighten the reader about the history of this march more importantly for me were the individual women and what motivated them to stay with the Red Army while all around them men died. What struck me most deeply about this book was the extreme suffering and the profound motivation that made them live through it. For many of these women they had a choice and could have left the Red Arm [...]


    • Although I possessed a copy of Mao's "little red book" as a flower child in the early 60's, I really didn't know much about Mao and his Communist Party in China who had rebelled against Chiang Kaishek and the Chinese Nationalists. Now I have a better understanding of what was going on during this rebellion and in particular why the women of China flocked to the idealism of the Red Army. In 1928 the Sixth Chinese Communist Party Congress was held in Moscow. At the congress, the Party embraced the [...]


    • In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army, surrounded by Nationalist soldiers, made a break to escape to safety. Their trek would last 370 days and cover 4,000 miles of rigorous terrain under enemy bomabardment. Few of them would survive, but those who did would eventually form the nation of the People’s Republic of China. Among them were a relatively small number of women and it through their eyes that this book tells the story of the Long March.What these heroic women endured is almost unb [...]


    • Unbound chronicles the story of The Long March that 86,000 Red Army soldiers went on from Hunan province in China to escape the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kaishek. The book is primarily written about the gruelling trip of the 40 women who marched follows their journey and details many of the conditions they faced. They came from all backgrounds and when they began Some were running from the awfulness of their existence in a China that still was binding woman's feet and selling them to familie [...]


    • Both interesting and dismal. Man, those poor people endured so much, it was difficult to read and ultimately, I just could not take it anymore. The details are amazing- one of the reasons I do enjoy King's work. I loved Skeletons on the Zahara and the true grit shown by the survivors, but this was so much agony- from the women trying to walk all that way in their horribly deformed feet, to the starvationr anyone interested in Chinese history, and particularly women's role in the revolution, this [...]


    • My opinion Dean King is try at his best to vividly, genuinely described the thorough full story of 30 magnificient woman thus endure unbelieveable journey of 3000 miles from east to west search for freedom of chinese future . The pain, suffering, sacrifice and unspoken difficulties were very inspiring and wonderfull story to read for those either warmonger reader and or someone put interest in other side of great war time in earty 20st century of human mayhemWonder full book I love it


    • " 30 brave women left their homes to join the ranks of 86,000 male soldiers on an epic escape from surrounding enemy forces." I was intrigued by the fact that the Long March was completed in one year, on foot, over 4,000 miles through swamps, raging rivers and treacherous peaks. The achievement was a tremendous endurance feat in itself. There were plenty of facts, too much at times; I thought the author would more fleshing out of the characters of the female marchers. I'll go back to the book a [...]


    • We in the West hear regularly, yet sporadically, about China's historic "Long March". This book weaves an incredible written tapestry, illuminating the sublime, almost unimaginable, actually, come to think of it, for many, it is unimaginable, lives of 30 women who set out with about 80,000 Red Army soldiers. The Long March appears to be accurately outlined and the vignettes of personal hardship, sadness, stoicism, endurance, sacrifice and faith, make this a compelling, and believe it or not, ins [...]


    • This is an amazing story, and a critically important one if one wants to understand modern world history. Dean King concentrates on the women, which makes this book different than others on the Long March, but the Long March itself is the great tale. King did a fine job with it. I haven't read any of the other accounts, so I cannot recommend which is the best of them, but nobody would be wasting their time if they picked this book.


    • for the reader who knows little or nothing about Mao's Long March, this book is an easy to read retelling of this horrific event. Told in the same vein as other popular writers such as Krakauer and Sebastian Jung. After reading this, it is not hard to understand why the Chinese veered to hard to the left. What is amazing is how much of China was NOT Chinese prior to the post-war era and how incredibly backward much of the country was.


    • I've been trying to read this for a while. I know very little about Chinese history, and this book relates just a small part of it. The book did explain a bit about why Communism was a draw for women. If a female could be sold into virtual slavery as a child, albeit suppossedly as a "wife", and this new idea, Communism, gave her some rights, every female would be willing to take the risk. But mostly this book listed the deprivations and horrors of the march to escape.


    • This is the story of the 30 Chinese women who accompanied the 86,000 men on the Long March as the Red Army and Mao tried to evade the Nationalists. The story is every bit as horrific as you would imagine and even more so. The book was also too long--King felt the need to tell us each step of the journey. However, I am glad that these women's story was told. It is an amazing story, I'm just not sure that this was the best telling of it.


    • How much the book opened our eyes to the sacrifices, sufferings and death of those who were on the Long March from the human angle. How sad it would be later when the party itself consumed those who sacrificed so much for the leaders. The tragedy of China. How much it would take for a mother to leave her newborn by the side of the road or in an empty house so that she can continue to follow the cause.


    • Really interesting story, and I learned a lot about Communism in China, but it was hard to get into--keeping the characters straight was big, and also a lot of the names were similar so I had a hard time remembering who was who. Alsoe Epilogue is a HUGE downer! I was waiting for the uplifting awesomeness and gott that.


    • Whether you are drawn to the history of The Long March and Mao Zedong's China or whether you simply enjoy a riveting true adventure tale, King's book will enlighten and delight. Just as with Skeletons on the Zahara, he puts you directly into the experiences of those who undertook this great journey, so that you not only 'know' what happened, you feel as if you were there.


    • This was a very difficult book to read; not in terms of style, but content. The people of China in the 1930s through 50s?, Mao, the women, just made me very sad, their bravery and dedication to changing people's lives was amazing. What a long march.I am glad I read it, it reminds me of our incredible privilege here in the USA, what we need to hang on to and where we need to go.


    • Though their stories are heroic, you can hardly say that they fought for good cause, in the end the darkest moment in Chinese history appeared after the communist rule ---- in case you wonder, you can find all the 30 female marchers Chinese name here: history.eastday/h/20131016


    • This book left a deep impression on me about the power of the human mind. It is a fine example of how total commitment to a cause can enable people to endure far more than they should phycially be able to survive. Although this account was historical and antidotal,I appreciated the story and I am glad that I read it.


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