Shanghai in the 1930s was one of the world's most dangerous cities, with kidnappings and murders daily occurrences. British police officer E.W. Peters of the Shanghai Municipal Police takes us down the city's dark lanes and alleys, through a crime-ridden underworld of brothels, opium dens and gambling parlors. This often riotous, true-crime chronicle is filled with colorful criminals, fumbled police raids and gross misunderstandings, one of which lands the author on trial for murder. E W Peters played the occasional game of rugby for the Shanghai Municipal Police team.
Written by Paul French, author of award winning /Midnight in Peling', he provides in this book a unique and a definitive guide to every street in Shanghai and its former allowing historians, researchers, tourists and the just plain curious to navigate the city in its pre-1949 incarnation. This A-Z includes the former International Settlement, French Concession, External Roads area with an extensive index, detailed map and alphabetical entry for every road.
"Both vital historical artefact and devastating personal memoir ... Bridge House Survivor will haunt your thoughts." -Patrick Brzeski, TimeOut Hong Kong. Several Shanghai rugby players spent time in Bridge House.
The history of old Shanghai is brought vividly to life in this classic work by Lynn Pan. Her account, tells the story through a number of interlocking portraits Du Yuesheng, China s most notorious secret society chief; Wang Jingwei, the Chinese Pétain ; General Dai Li, the head of wartime Asia s most powerful secret police. Through their eyes, their thoughts, their actions, we gain an unsurpassed look into the unfolding of history. No reader interested in China will be indifferent to this book, for few writers have told its story with so sure a grasp of the Chinese psyche. The rugby playing Shanghai police came across many of the characters in this book.
Transformed from a swampland wilderness into a dazzling modern-day Babylon, the Shanghai that pre-dated Mao's cultural revolution was a city like no other: redolent with opium and underworld crime, booming with foreign trade, blessed with untold wealth and marred by abject squalor. Journalist Stella Dong captures all the exoticism, extremes and excitement of this legendary city as if it were a larger-than-life character in a fantastic novel. As insightful and scholarly as it is detailed and gripping, Shanghai is a "brilliant tableau of creative energy and decadent humanity" (Seattle Times).
Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities - an incredible panorama of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling and murder. Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops, and governed by an ever more desperate British-dominated administration, Shanghai was both mesmerising and terrible.Into this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex-veteran Englishman to join the police. It is his story, told in part through his rediscovered photo-albums and letters, that Robert Bickers has uncovered in this remarkable, moving book.
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