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Women in Asia: Dean King, Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival

Unbound by Dean King.

"A terrific feminist story and a significant document of this incredible human feat." —Kirkus Reviews

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 30 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.

Dean King is the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed biography Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed. King is the series editor for the Heart of Oak Sea Classics and has written for many publications, including Men's Journal, Esquire, Outside, New York, and the New York Times. As part of his research for Skeletons on the Zahara, he traveled the Sahara on foot and camel. He lives with his family in Richmond, Virginia.

Co-sponsored by Book Passage


Event Details

Fri 14 May 2010
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, #42 San Francisco

Free admission; no advance registration required.