Click here to listen an interview with the author about the book on radio station WCHL in Chapel Hill, NC from June 10, 2017.
Interested in learning more about the remarkable life of Charlie Soong? The new biography, "Charlie Soong: North Carolina's Link to the Fall of the Last Emperor of China", is now available on the Amazon website. Click here to purchase.
Book Summary The first half of Charlie Soong: North Carolina's Link to the Fall of the Last Emperor of China chronicles the major events in the life of Charlie Soong including Charlie's background in China, his brief time in Boston, and his influential years spent in North Carolina. The second half chronicles Charlie's experiences after moving back to China in 1886 including his disenchantment with missionary life, his subsequent transformation into a successful businessman, his clandestine involvement with Sun Yat-sen and his revolutionary activities, his determination to send his children to America for their education, and his bitter falling out with Sun in the last years of his life.
Research for Charlie Soong was conducted in 2013 and 2014 primarily in North Carolina. In addition to visiting the places where Charlie lived (including Wilmington, Durham, and Trinity, NC), archival research was conducted at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University and the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dozens of history books relevant to the life and times of Charlie were of equal importance as resources. It may be of particular interest to historians and history buffs to note that several of the newspaper articles/letters/excerpts in Charlie Soong are previously unpublished, and some were previously not even known to have existed.
Book Review in the Wilmington (N.C.) Star News
See the file below for a review of "Charlie Soong: North Carolina's Link to the Fall of the Last Emperor of China" by Ben Steelman of the Wilmington (N.C.) Star News on October 4, 2015. It can also be found here.
About the Author E. A. Haag, M.Ed, is a writer and former history teacher living in North Carolina. With degrees in history, sociology, education, and counseling, he has also traveled significantly throughout Asia. His many years experience living, working, and learning Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan, where he lived across the street from the former palatial estate of Charlie Soong's youngest daughter, Soong Mei-ling, and her husband, President Chiang Kai-shek, led to his subsequent passionate interest in Chinese language, history, and culture.