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Secret War In Shanghai

Author: Bernard Wasserstein
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1786721368
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The paradise of adventurers, Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour. Racketeers, cutthroats and con-men jostled for advantage as secret agents of the great powers waged a complex and sinister struggle for power. In this classic account, Bernard Wasserstein draws on the files of the Shanghai Police as well as the intelligence archives of the many countries involved, to provide the definitive story of Shanghai’s secret war. Bernard Wasserstein introduces the British, American and Australian individuals who collaborated with the Axis powers as well as subversive warfare operatives battling the Japanese – and one another. At times both shocking and amusing, this book lifts the lid on the bizarre underworld of the ‘sin city of the Orient’ during its most enthralling period in history.

Shanghai On The M Tro

Author: Michael Barry Miller
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520085190
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Secret agents, gun runners, White Russians, adventurers, and con men--they all play a part in Michael Miller's strikingly original study of interwar France. Based on extensive research in security files and a mass of printed sources, this book shows how a distinctive milieu of spies and spy literature emerged between the two world wars, reflecting the atmosphere and concerns of these years. Miller argues that French fascination with intrigue between the wars reveals a far more assured and playful national mood than historians have hitherto discerned in the final decades of the Third Republic. But the larger history set in motion by World War I and the subsequent reading of French history into global history are the true subjects of this work. Reconstituting through his own narratives the histories of interwar travel and adventure and the willful turning of contemporary affairs into a source of romance, Miller recovers the ambiance and special qualities of the age that produced its intrigues and its tales of spies. Secret agents, gun runners, White Russians, adventurers, and con men--they all play a part in Michael Miller's strikingly original study of interwar France. Based on extensive research in security files and a mass of printed sources, this book shows how a distinctive milieu of spies and spy literature emerged between the two world wars, reflecting the atmosphere and concerns of these years. Miller argues that French fascination with intrigue between the wars reveals a far more assured and playful national mood than historians have hitherto discerned in the final decades of the Third Republic. But the larger history set in motion by World War I and the subsequent reading of French history into global history are the true subjects of this work. Reconstituting through his own narratives the histories of interwar travel and adventure and the willful turning of contemporary affairs into a source of romance, Miller recovers the ambiance and special qualities of the age that produced its intrigues and its tales of spies.

Shanghai Grand

Author: Taras Grescoe
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466850671
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On the eve of WWII, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the fabulously wealthy Sir Victor Sassoon. ?? Emily Hahn was a legendary New Yorker writer who would cover China for nearly fifty years, and play an integral part in opening Asia up to the West. But at the height of the Depression, "Mickey" Hahn, had just arrived in Shanghai nursing a broken heart after a disappointing affair with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, convinced she would never love again. After entering Sassoon's glamorous Cathay Hotel, Hahn is absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and the colourful gangster named Morris "Two-Gun" Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, she discovers the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, triple agents, opium-smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees—a place her innate curiosity will lead her to discover first hand. But danger lurks on the horizon and Mickey barely makes it out alive as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai and Mao Tse-tung's Communists come to power in China.

Secret War For China

Author: Panagiotis Dimitrakis
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1786722712
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In 1927, Chiang Kai-shek - the head of China’s military academy and leader of the Kuomintang (KMT) - began the ‘northern expeditions’ to bring China’s northern territories back under the control of the state. It was during this period that the KMT purged communist activities, fractured the army and sparked the Chinese Civil War - which would rage for over twenty years. The communists, led by General Mao Tse-Tsung, were for much of the period forced underground and concentrated in the Chinese countryside. As the author argues, this resulted in China’s war featuring unusually high levels of espionage and sabotage, and increased the military importance of information gathering. Based on newly declassified material, Panagiotis Dimitrakis charts the double-crossings, secret meetings and bloody assassinations which would come to define China’s future. Uniquely, The Secret War for China gives equal weighting to the role of foreign actors: the role of British intelligence in unmasking Communist International (Comintern) agents in China, for example, and the allies’ attempts to turn nationalist China against the Japanese. The Secret War for China also documents the clandestine confrontation between Mao and Chiang and the secret negotiations between Chiang and the Axis Powers, whose forces he employed against the CCP once the Second World War was over. In his turn, Mao employed nationalist forces who had defected - during the last three years of the civil war about 105 out of 869 KMT generals defected to the CCP. This book is an urgent and necessary guide to the intricacies of the Chinese Civil War, a war which decisively shaped the modern Asian world.

Secret War Heroes

Author: Marcus Binney
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444756427
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Founded by Churchill, Special Operations Executive (SOE) was the forerunner of the SAS, and during WWII they sent many hundreds of specially-trained agents deep undercover in Nazi-occupied Europe. Here Marcus Binney explores the extraordinary stories and daring exploits of some of the male agents who made up these little-known war heroes, and who helped change the course of the twentieth century with their bravery and sacrifice. The author has undertaken ground-breaking research in previously classified Foreign Office files in order to write this book.

The Shanghai Badlands

Author: Frederic Wakeman, Jr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521528719
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This book details the inner workings of terrorist groups operating in China between 1937-41.

A Secret War

Author: Oliver J. Caldwell
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780809305452
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“In 1943Captain Caldwell, born in China, is given a high OSS commission and shipped off to work with Chiang Kaishy;-shek’s secret police chief, Tai Li; he becomes convinced that the corruption and bestiality of Chiang’s regime will pull it down. In this extraordinarily direct narshy;rative, Caldwell contrasts the governshy;ment’s unabashed aping of fascist models with the beauty of the countryside and the culture and the ordeal of the people. He recalls that in the Chinese wartime capital $15,000could buy a 1942Buick made in Japan—in exchange for such luxury items the Nationalists were selling food and medicine to the Japanese. The Kuomintang fed so many secrets to the Japanese that Caldwell was assigned to spy on Chiang’s men to protect U.S. secrets. He eventually dispatches an anti-Chiang memo to FDR, but nothing is heard, and he champions the cause of a Mr. Chen, officer of a large secret society, as head of a potentially ‘moderate’ postshy;-Chiang government. Late in the war he meets John Birch, who he recalls was killed assaulting a Communist border officer. Years later he hears that FDR had taken a favorable view of his memo, but Admiral Leahy pushed for continued backing of Chiang. This puzzling insisshy;tence, the training of secret police and military who never fight the Japanese, and the curious activities of some U.S. units might be explained by General Donovan’s remarks to Caldwell to the effect that ‘America had won a war but not the peace. That could only come after a greater future war and the defeat of Marxism.’ Caldwell does not pursue this conclusion but allows the reader to deduce his own from a rich compilation of data. For its sharp focus of Chiang’s regime and its insights into U.S. policy and the effects on Chinese history, the book has broad and unmistakable value.”

Race War

Author: Gerald Horne
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814744559
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Japan’s lightning march across Asia during World War II was swift and brutal. Nation after nation fell to Japanese soldiers. How were the Japanese able to justify their occupation of so many Asian nations? And how did they find supporters in countries they subdued and exploited? Race War! delves into submerged and forgotten history to reveal how European racism and colonialism were deftly exploited by the Japanese to create allies among formerly colonized people of color. Through interviews and original archival research on five continents, Gerald Horne shows how race played a key—and hitherto ignored—;role in each phase of the war. During the conflict, the Japanese turned white racism on its head portraying the war as a defense against white domination in the Pacific. We learn about the reverse racial hierarchy practiced by the Japanese internment camps, in which whites were placed at the bottom of the totem pole, under the supervision of Chinese, Korean, and Indian guards—an embarrassing example of racial payback that was downplayed by the defeated Japanese and the humiliated Europeans and Euro-Americans. Focusing on the microcosmic example of Hong Kong but ranging from colonial India to New Zealand and the shores of the U.S., Gerald Horne radically retells the story of the war. From racist U.S. propaganda to Black Nationalist open support of Imperial Japan, information about the effect of race on U.S. and British policy is revealed for the first time. This revisionist account of the war draws connections between General Tojo, Malaysian freedom fighters, and Elijah Muhammed of the Nation of Islam and shows how white racism encouraged and enabled Japanese imperialism. In sum, Horne demonstrates that the retreat of white supremacy was not only driven by the impact of the Cold War and the energized militancy of Africans and African-Americans but by the impact of the Pacific War as well, as a chastened U.S. and U.K. moved vigorously after this conflict to remove the conditions that made Japan's success possible.

Der Zweite Weltkrieg

Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641107903
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Vor 75 Jahren, am 1. September 1939, begann der Zweite Weltkrieg Der Zweite Weltkrieg war der brutalste und folgenschwerste kriegerische Konflikt der Geschichte – mit einem bis dahin ungekannten Maß an Waffengewalt und millionenfachem Sterben bis hin zum Völkermord. Antony Beevor, angesehener britischer Historiker, entwirft ein globales Panorama, das die großen Zusammenhänge dieses Krieges ebenso transparent macht wie die herrschenden politisch-ideologischen Kräfte, das Ursachen und Folgen umfassend und in bisher einmaliger Prägnanz verdeutlicht. Er folgt von Norden nach Süden und von Osten nach Westen jenen Männern, die die Welt in die größte Schlacht der Menschheitsgeschichte getrieben haben. Und er verliert dabei nie jene aus den Augen, für die dieser monströse Krieg unermessliches Leid bedeutete. Auf der Basis aktueller Forschung, bestens recherchiert, empathisch erzählt, hat Beevor das Buch zum prägendsten Ereignis des 20. Jahrhunderts geschrieben.

Tochter Des Gl Cks

Author: Lisa See
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783570100301
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Die ergreifende Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Mutter-Tochter-Beziehung Joy ist in L.A. gross geworden und hat es sich in den Kopf gesetzt, in Shanghai nach ihrem leiblichen Vater zu suchen. Dort erlebt sie die Umbrüche der Kulturrevolution, erkennt aber nicht, wie gefährdet ihr Vater ist. Ein Ausweg für ihn, den Kunstmaler, ist es, der Landbevölkerung Malunterricht zu geben. Joy begleitet ihn begeistert und verliebt sich in einen Bauernsohn. Ihrer Mutter ist bewusst, wie schwierig die Situation geworden ist, sie setzt deshalb alles daran, Joy wieder nach Amerika zu bringen, obwohl Mao Chinas Grenzen geschlossen hat. Lisa See erzählt wieder eine ergreifende Frauengeschichte, ohne sentimental zu werden. Sie beschreibt den grossen Umbruch in China mit den Augen der unwissenden Joy und bringt uns so eines der dramatischsten Kapitel der chinesischen Geschichte nahe. Lisa See, geboren in Paris, aufgewachsen in Los Angeles in Chinatown, entstammt einer chinesisch-amerikanischen Familie. Sie arbeitete dreizehn Jahre lang als Journalistin. Ihr erstes Buch "On Gold Mountain" (dt. "Auf dem Goldenen Berge", 1997) war ein internationaler Bestseller und erhielt 1995 die "Notable Book"-Auszeichnung der New York Times. Als Kuratorin betreut sie mehrere grosse Ausstellungen, die sich mit interkulturellen Beziehungen zwischen Amerika und China beschäftigen. Im Jahr 2001 wurde sie von der Organisation Chinesisch-Amerikanischer Frauen als "National Woman of the Year" ausgezeichnet; im Herbst 2003 erhielt sie den "Chinese American Museum's History Makers Award". Vor vier Jahren hat sie mit ihrem Roman "Der Seidenfächer" einen Weltbestseller geschrieben. Heute lebt sie mit ihrem Mann und ihren beiden Söhnen in Los Angeles.