An update on the Chiang Kai-shek bio. It is superb. I also looked into the wider literature, and it is considered the standard Chiang Kai-shek biography in English. I have gotten as far as Stilwell's almost improbably incompetent performance in Burma in 1942. Taylor adds more detail to the other new histories I have read of the campaign. In all my years of historical study, I have never seen the old historiography misrepresent events in such an inaccurate fashion. After his idiotic counteroffensive imploded, as the British and Chinese warned him it would, Stilwell literally abandoned his entire 100k-strong field command while they were still fighting as cohesive formations, and fled into India. Over the years of entirely uncritical histories, that shit-show somehow morphed into a "glorious chapter in American military history," when what it should have turned into was a Stilwell court marshal.