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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (13 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250049717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250049711
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.9 x 24.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,546,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Taras Grescoe

"["Straphanger"] almost reads like a travelogue as the author revels in the wonders of his diverse destinations. With a smooth, accessible narrative style...captivating [and] convincing." -"Kirkus"
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"This paean to public transportation is front-loaded with statistics edifying to city dwellers...the book unfurls into studies of a dozen cities around the world. -"The New Yorker "on "Straphanger"

""Straphanger "is a sort of love letter to mass transit...compelling and entertaining." "The Wall Street Journal""

A keenly observant, sometimes soulful portrait of Emily Mickey Hahn, an American writer who lived in Shanghai from 1935 to 1943, and of China s political and social realities during that tumultuous period in its history. . . . A wonderful book. "Publishers Weekly"

"The author deftly follows Hahn's adventures through this 'city of legend.' Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world." " Kirkus Reviews"

Long before the city seemed custom-built to impress and intimidate, Shanghai was most notable for its people a remarkable mix of refugees and adventurers, poets and fabulists, natives and outsiders. In "Shanghai Grand," Taras Grescoe captures this lost world in all its richness. Peter Hessler," New York Times "bestselling author of "Oracle Bones"

A doomed world of glamour and decadence, a clash of cultures, a cast of larger-than-life characters "Shanghai Grand" has it all. Taras Grescoe tells a riveting tale of lost innocence and lost love, set against the backdrop of China on the brink of war and revolution. Prepare to be transported to another place and time. Dean Jobb, author of "Empire of Deception"Praise for Taras Grescoe

Praise for Taras Grescoe

"["Straphanger"] almost reads like a travelogue as the author revels in the wonders of his diverse destinations. With a smooth, accessible narrative style...captivating [and] convincing." "Kirkus"
""
"This paean to public transportation is front-loaded with statistics edifying to city dwellers...the book unfurls into studies of a dozen cities around the world. "The New Yorker "on "Straphanger"

""Straphanger "is a sort of love letter to mass transit...compelling and entertaining." "The Wall Street Journal""

"A love song to 1930s Shanghai. Taras Grescoe has fallen hard for the 'the wicked old Paris of the Orient, ' its barrooms thick with gangsters and newsmen, its alleys 'scented with sweet almond broth, opium smoke and the chemical bite of Flit insecticide'....Shanghai Grand is a headlong swoon for old Shanghai. The feeling is easy to catch.'" New York Times Book Review

"Filled with excellent short character sketches and keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what will happen next....Brings to life a special time and a special place." The Wall Street Journal

A keenly observant, sometimes soulful portrait of Emily Mickey Hahn, an American writer who lived in Shanghai from 1935 to 1943, and of China s political and social realities during that tumultuous period in its history. . . . A wonderful book. Publishers Weekly

"The author deftly follows Hahn's adventures through this 'city of legend.' Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world." Kirkus Reviews

Long before the city seemed custom-built to impress and intimidate, Shanghai was most notable for its people a remarkable mix of refugees and adventurers, poets and fabulists, natives and outsiders. In Shanghai Grand, Taras Grescoe captures this lost world in all its richness. Peter Hessler, New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones

A doomed world of glamour and decadence, a clash of cultures, a cast of larger-than-life characters Shanghai Grand has it all. Taras Grescoe tells a riveting tale of lost innocence and lost love, set against the backdrop of China on the brink of war and revolution. Prepare to be transported to another place and time. Dean Jobb, author of Empire of DeceptionPraise for Taras Grescoe

Praise for Taras Grescoe

"[Straphanger] almost reads like a travelogue as the author revels in the wonders of his diverse destinations. With a smooth, accessible narrative style...captivating [and] convincing." Kirkus

"This paean to public transportation is front-loaded with statistics edifying to city dwellers...the book unfurls into studies of a dozen cities around the world. The New Yorker on Straphanger

"Straphanger is a sort of love letter to mass transit...compelling and entertaining." The Wall Street Journal

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"A love song to 1930s Shanghai. Taras Grescoe has fallen hard for the 'the wicked old Paris of the Orient, ' its barrooms thick with gangsters and newsmen, its alleys 'scented with sweet almond broth, opium smoke and the chemical bite of Flit insecticide'....Shanghai Grand is a headlong swoon for old Shanghai. The feeling is easy to catch.'" --New York Times Book Review

"Filled with excellent short character sketches and keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what will happen next....Brings to life a special time and a special place." --The Wall Street Journal

"A keenly observant, sometimes soulful portrait of Emily 'Mickey' Hahn, an American writer who lived in Shanghai from 1935 to 1943, and of China's political and social realities during that tumultuous period in its history. . . . A wonderful book." --Publishers Weekly

"The author deftly follows Hahn's adventures through this 'city of legend.' Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world." --Kirkus Reviews

"Long before the city seemed custom-built to impress and intimidate, Shanghai was most notable for its people--a remarkable mix of refugees and adventurers, poets and fabulists, natives and outsiders. In Shanghai Grand, Taras Grescoe captures this lost world in all its richness." --Peter Hessler, New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones

"A doomed world of glamour and decadence, a clash of cultures, a cast of larger-than-life characters - Shanghai Grand has it all. Taras Grescoe tells a riveting tale of lost innocence and lost love, set against the backdrop of China on the brink of war and revolution. Prepare to be transported to another place and time." --Dean Jobb, author of Empire of DeceptionPraise for Taras Grescoe

Praise for Taras Grescoe

"[Straphanger] almost reads like a travelogue as the author revels in the wonders of his diverse destinations. With a smooth, accessible narrative style...captivating [and] convincing." --Kirkus

"This paean to public transportation is front-loaded with statistics edifying to city dwellers...the book unfurls into studies of a dozen cities around the world." --The New Yorker on Straphanger

"Straphanger is a sort of love letter to mass transit...compelling and entertaining." --The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

TARAS GRESCOE is an award-winning journalist and the author of five non-fiction books, which have been translated into six languages on three continents. He is a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," "National Geographic Traveler," and "The Guardian," and has written features for "Conde Nast Traveller," the "Times of London," the "Chicago Tribune Magazine," "Afar," "Salon," "Gourmet," "Saveur," and the "New York Times Magazine.""



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