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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814351423
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814351423
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 2 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn Pan is an award-winning author of several books, including China s Sorrow, The New Chinese Revolution, and Sons of the Yellow Emperor (1990), which won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize. She is also the editor of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas. Lynn studied at the universities of London and Cambridge, and has worked as a social scientist, journalist and writer in London, Geneva, Helsinki, Hong Kong and Singapore. She currently lives in Shanghai, the city of her birth.

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By CinePhil on 11 Jan. 2015
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very interesting book about a very interesting city and period of it's history. The author admits some of it is conjecture, rather than known fact but it's none the worse for having a few gaps filled in an open and honest way.
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Its quite an interesting read but lacks detail and is sometimes quite hard to follow. Some of the stories and characters it contains are however truly fascinating
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By Arabella Neuhaus on 10 Jan. 2014
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Easy to read, intertaining and very informative at the samme time. Gives a good insight in the history of Shanghai
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Conflict and intrigue in pre-WWII Shanghai 2 Aug. 2012
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"Even the hooligan was probably invented in China centuries before we thought of him." With good reason, historian Lynn Pan focuses on telling the story of the legions of shady movers and shakers in pre-WWII Shanghai as a way of illuminating the Chinese experience of the first half of the 20th century. Her highly readable, meticulously researched account takes us inside the opium dens, casinos, and back rooms of the crooks - both in and outside government - who shaped the city and the destiny of the entire country. Every important thing that happened in China during this time period, including the roots of WWII in Asia, was connected in some way to the gangsters who made Shanghai their home and base of operations. Pan starts and ends her story with the infamous gangster Du Yuesheng, the greatest gangster of them all. He remains an iconic figure; his personal history as an orphan who became the richest man in town and a virtual kingmaker before his self-imposed exile to Hong Kong mirrors the city's rise to indulgent wealth and subsequent fall to Communism. Du was deeply involved with the Nationalist government, making this book a uniquely illuminating portrait of China's key leaders during a time of great upheaval for China.
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