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The Last Empress

(2007)
(The second book in the Empress Orchid series)
A novel by

 
 
The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China"s history marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellion, ultimately ending in the demise of the Ch"ing dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one person: the resilient, ever-resourceful Tzu Hsi, or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Min"s critically acclaimed novel covering the first part of this complex woman"s life.
The Last Empress is the story of Orchid"s dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader. Moving from the intimacy of the concubine quarters into the spotlight of the world stage, Orchid must not only face the perilous condition of her empire but also a series of devastating personal losses, as first her son and then her adopted son succumb to early death. Yearning only to step aside, and yet growing constantly into her role, only she—allied with the progressives, but loyal to the conservative Manchu clan of her dynasty—can hold the nation"s rival
factions together.
Anchee Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history. Viciously maligned by the western press of the time as the "Dragon Lady," a manipulative, blood-thirsty woman who held onto power at all costs, the woman Min gives us is a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly, and who sacrificed all she had to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Last Empress, The (Large Print Book)
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 1-4084-1361-2 / 978-1-4084-1361-6 (UK edition)
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March 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 0-618-53146-7 / 978-0-618-53146-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 0-7475-9385-X / 978-0-7475-9385-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 0-7475-9316-7 / 978-0-7475-9316-4 (UK edition)
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 0-547-05370-3 / 978-0-547-05370-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 0-7475-7850-8 / 978-0-7475-7850-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

February 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
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November 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
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March 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 1-4281-4352-1 / 978-1-4281-4352-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
ISBN: 1-4281-4239-8 / 978-1-4281-4239-8 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Empress
Author(s): Anchee Min
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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April 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Anchee Min
Publisher: Mariner Books
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