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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Platt Narrator: Angela Lin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.n Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A refreshing and gripping account that illuminates how civil conflicts can suck in outsiders and why the West has had great difficulties in trying to maintain a façade of neutrality and protect its commercial interests at the same time…Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom may not have said the last word on the Taiping Rebellion, but the story it tells is powerful, dramatic, and unforgettable.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A compelling and often meticulous account…Platt is at his best when dissecting the often absurd dynamics of Western intervention.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Splendid…An upheaval that led to the deaths of twenty million, dwarfing the simultaneously fought American Civil War, deserves to be better known, and Platt accomplishes this with a superb history of a nineteenth-century China faced with internal disorder and predatory Western intrusions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Platt presents the perplexing Taiping Rebellion that convulsed China’s Qing dynasty from 1851 to 1864…Incorporating his perceptive characterizations and a comprehensible account of Zeng’s ultimately victorious military campaigns, Platt has skillfully converted his erudition into an eminently general-interest treatment of what may have been the most lethal civil war in world history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gregory | 1/15/2013

    " Fascinating, well-told history. I strongly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teck | 11/23/2012

    " Great account of the Taiping war. Revises the popular Western account of the importance of Western colonial military adventurers, (Frederick Townsend Ward, "Chinese" Gordon) during the conflict for a more Chinese-centric one. For that alone probably worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 8/21/2012

    " This guy was right, never get involved in a land war in Asia. A riveting account of the Taiping Rebellion, which is mostly forgotten in the West, but with an estimated 20 million dead, having huge consequences for the eventual development of China in the modern world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 6/24/2012

    " Looking forward to moving to Anhui in just two weeks. "

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About the Author

Stephen R. Platt received his PhD in Chinese history from Yale University, where his dissertation was awarded the Theron Rockwell Field Prize. He is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is also the author of Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China. An undergraduate English major, he spent two years after college as a teacher in the Yale-China program in Hunan province. His research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. He lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.