Wild Swans is a fascinating story following the author’s family history from her grandmother to herself, covering on some of the most interesting years in Chinese history. The story begins in the time of the great warlords, and brings us up to the death of Chairman Mao. This story is both moving and informative. The author evokes your emotions with tales of the brutal and idiotic violence of the mob mentality created under Chairman Mao, and with accounts of what was being done to her parents during this time. She also made me discover how little I knew about China; I knew it was a communist country, and had heard of Chairman Mao and Tianneman Square, but never knew the stories of how these events came to happen, or understood how they could be allowed to happen. For anyone interested in history, psychology, politics, or the world around them, this is a must read. It’s also great if you just want a gripping novel.