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Thread Of The Silkworm Paperback – November 15, 1996
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To answer my own question, fortunately, I am not -- at least not consciously. So, let me justify my rating.
Poignantly told with facts organized like an epic novel, Chang's story is the saga of a gifted and industrious "orphan" from endless wars and feudal corruption in China who came to Uncle Sam's neighborhood for schooling, then contributed greatly to Sam's household, but was spurned from it by house stewards for allegedly associating with "people who condone thievery"; who then continued to work hard to be useful to people who appreciated him (as his ambition had always been) in a new career which he again excelled in, after, in the only remaining option he saw, being taken in by a delighted relative Uncle Mao.
As aristocratically brilliant, and yet democratically helpful to students/colleagues he saw as diligent, "why did he embrace the wicked Uncle -- of the proletariat masses of his kins?" you might ask.
'Cuz back in Uncle Sam's household, someone made him learn the lesson "You can't fight City Hall and expect to win.Read more ›
Nevertheless, Chang does a good job at capturing the period in which Tsien studied, worked, and lived. She attempts to provide detail during World War II, and how Tsien contributed to US rocket technology. However, it appears disturbing of how his life took a turn during the Communist-feared 1950s, and how he became blacklisted and excluded from a society that welcomed his knowledge and participation in the world of science and technology. Indeed, he became a US citizen, but because of unfortunate circumstances at time when ideology knew no boundaries, his talents were transfered overseas.
Thread of the Silkworm was an easy read that will enhance your knowledge about immigration and what occurred during the 1950s. I recommend this book for those interested in biographies, a dab of science, and as Chinese/Asian-American history as well.
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This is the very live testimoney how China caught up with American aeronotic rocket technology so quick. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Young Ahn
I thought the book by William Ryan titled "The China Cloud: America's Tragic Blunder..." is a better book on this subject. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A.W.
What an American blunder this turned out to be. Iris Chang, for her first book, did a tremendous job of bringing the story of Tsien Hsue-shen to life in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Spencer Palmer
Well written.!!! Covers the topic well and the athors viewpoint is balanced and well presented. Her sympatetic interepretentions of some times meager facts helps to form a picture... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Francisco Borges
All wonderful historical work! And we can now how China could have such advanced space technology. Very good for Korean
who is thirsty of missile technology to counter... Read more
Iris once again takes a difficult subject and makes it easy to understand. It was very interesting to learn about this once revered scientist,who became the object of a witch hunt... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Jerry Bradsberry
The forgotten story of exile Chinese missile designer, which makes the story with grappling detail worth retelling the Chinese history.Published on August 1, 2013 by L. Poon