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 swamps, 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.
"A terrific feminist story and a significant document of this incredible human feat." - Kirkus Reviews
"This energetic book will appeal most to readers with less initial knowledge of China." - Library Journal
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Dean King is well established as an authority on nautical literature and history
and on Patrick O'Brian. His previous eight books include A Sea of Words: A
Lexicon and Companion to Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, Harbors and
High Seas, and Every Man Will Do His Duty. King also served as the
editor of the Heart of Oak Sea Classics series. His journalism has appeared in
The New York Times, Outside, Esquire, Travel &
Leisure, and he founded Bubba Magazine.
As part of his research for Skeletons on the Zahara, he traveled the Sahara on foot and camel.
King is a founder and advisory board member for the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, Virginia.
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