For novelists, filmmakers, and writers of popular history, Shanghai in the years between the two world wars is irresistible.
Julian Herbert’s The House of the Pain of Others is a lot of things at once: a diatribe against xenophobia and Sinophobia in Mexico; an examination of the “idiocy of power;” a chronicle of
“The reader should be prepared for an extraordinary though long and very uneven ride.”
“Now that China is positioning itself as the world’s premiere anti-American power, it is worth knowing and understanding where ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ and
“Mao and Maoism . . .
“While Harriett Tubman had her underground railroad, Margaret Culbertson and her successor Donaldina Cameron, daughter of a Scottish sheep farmer, had their Presbyterian Mission House at 92
“Trying to divine and react to an assertive China’s intentions and capabilities will be the critical national security challenge for the U.S. this century. . . .
Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers gives morality an explanatory role. In international politics “moral actions help [a rising power] to establish a degree of credibility . . .
“To say that this book is a small gem of understanding China’s history would be a major understatement.”
"All of the famous photographs of the period find reprinting in this history, as do many more less known but memorable, of an unending nation told through the lives and work of remarkable a
“The book concludes with a stark assessment of China’s coupling of its immense economic power to the country’s long-term goals of achieving hegemony in Asia and then becoming the premier wo
“a crisply written, compelling narrative that highlights the roles of key U.S. policymakers such as Dean Acheson, George Marshall, Louis Johnson, and George Kennan.”
For sheer noirish decadence, few cities around the globe have rivaled Shanghai between the two world wars and for a short time after.
In 1947 in the journal Foreign Affairs, George F.
“essential primer for anyone seeking to understand the complicated brew of history, politics, and prejudices that make this area of the globe one of the most likely flashpoints of the 21st
“this book is an excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world . . .”
“. . . part geographical mystery tour . . . invention and innovation history . . .”