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Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War

Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War (Hardback)

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On the eve of the Second World War, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the illustrious Sir Victor Sassoon. Emily 'Mickey' Hahn arrived there at the height of the Depression. A legendary New Yorker journalist, Hahn's vivid writing would play a crucial role in opening Western eyes to the realities of life in China. But on reaching Shanghai, Hahn was nursing a broken heart after a disappointing affair with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter; she was convinced she would never love again. Checking in to Sassoon's glittering Cathay Hotel, Hahn was 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 Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen. But when she met Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, she discovered 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 led her to explore first hand.

Danger lurked on the horizon, though, as the brutal Japanese occupation destroyed the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai, paving the way for Mao Tse-tung and the Communists' rise to power. A compelling tale of fatal glamour and forbidden love, Shanghai Grand is their story, meticulously researched and vividly told.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 02/06/2016 ISBN-13: 9781447253433  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Taras Grescoe is an award-winning journalist, and the author of five books, which have been translated into six languages on three continents. He is a regular contributor to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, National Geographic Traveler, The Times and the Guardian. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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