A new edition with a new forward by the author. "Wild Swans" tells the gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for the author, the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that discredited and crushed millions of people, including her parents.