All We Are and All We Have: Speeches and Messages since Pearl Harbor

All We Are and All We Have: Speeches and Messages since Pearl Harbor

All We Are and All We Have: Speeches and Messages since Pearl Harbor

All We Are and All We Have: Speeches and Messages since Pearl Harbor

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On the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, in a message to the American President, offered all-out aid to fight the common battle. Nearly a year after China and the United States became allies- in-arms, in a message to the American people, the Chinese leader denounced imperialism and isolationism as having no place in a new interdependent world of free nations. Between these two declarations, he had spoken with equally ringing accent on a variety of occasions--from bidding farewell to the Indian people to welcoming Wendell Willkie, from the fifth anniversary of China's war to the thirty-first anniversary of the Chinese Republic.

Many of these speeches were not fully reported in the American press; a few have not hitherto been available in any form. They are collected here for the first time in a single volume, each piece an original English text or an official translation from the Chinese.

The consistent thread of the Generalissimo's thinking about war aims, United Nations action, and China's role in the war and in the post-war world is clearly shown in this chronological presentation of his own words. The same commentary which the New York Herald Tribune made of the last message included here may be said to apply to the content of this volume as a whole.

"Here was history in the making and history of a character to justify all the faith that Americans have so long placed in the greatness of the Chinese people. An old friendship of peoples was there sealed in the noble declaration of unselfish purpose which every one of the United Nations, including America, could read and study with profit. . . ."

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