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Book Title: The Long Road Back to China: The Burma Road Wartime Diaries|
The author of the book: Carl Crow
ISBN 13: 9789881815408
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.21 MB
Edition: Earnshaw Books
Date of issue: August 1st 2010
Read full description of the books:Well-documented and compassionate, this memoir follows journalist Carl Crow as he journeys from Rangoon to the wartime Chinese capital of Chongqing in 1939. Including interviews with senior government members, this record chronicles the daily struggle of the Chinese people under Japanese bombardment. A valuable historical resource, this firsthand account is also a gripping travel narrative.
Read information about the authorCarl Crow was a Missouri-born newspaperman, businessman, and author who managed several newspapers and then opened the first Western advertising agency in Shanghai, China. He ran the agency for 19 years, creating calendar advertisements and the so-called sexy China Girl poster. He was also founding editor of the Shanghai Evening Post.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Crow wrote 13 books; and his most popular book, 400 Million Customers (1937)won one of the early National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1937.
Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for a quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking ad-man. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. As his career progressed, so did the fortunes of Shanghai. The city transformed itself from a dull colonial backwater when Crow arrived, to the thriving and ruthless cosmopolitan metropolis of the 1930s.
Among Crow’s exploits were attending the negotiations in Peking which led to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, getting a scoop on the Japanese interference in China during the First World War, negotiating the release of a group of western hostages from a mountain bandit lair, and being one of the first westerners to journey up the Burma Road during the Second World War. He met and interviewed most of the major figures of the time, including Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, the Soong sisters, and Mao Zedong’s second-in-command Zhou En-lai. During the Second World War he worked for American intelligence alongside Owen Lattimore, co-ordinating US policies to support China against Japan.
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