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Secret war in Shanghai : treachery, subversion and collaboration in the Second World War / Bernard Wasserstein

By: Wasserstein, Bernard [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2017Edition: New paperback edition.Description: xvii, 362 pages : maps ; 19 cm.ISBN: 1784537640; 9781784537647.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service | World War, 1939-1945 -- China -- Shanghai | Shanghai (China) -- HistoryDDC classification: 940.54
Contents:
Abbreviations: List of maps -- Who was who -- Introduction: Solitary Island -- Bad hats -- Phony war in the international settlement -- Waiting for the barbarians -- Dark world -- Oriental mission -- Eagles mew'd -- Collaborators -- Shanghailanders in exile -- Wars within wars -- Endgames -- Twilight of Old Shanghai -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Summary: He story of wartime Shanghai unveils the savage political intrigue, diplomatic maneuvering, and sometimes deadly espionage that defined this city at the height of World War II, as foreign representatives converged on the city with its promise of cheap living and excitement. During World War II, Shanghai was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, & murderous political intrigue. China's largest & most cosmopolitan city was the intelligence capital of the Far East & a magnet for an astonishingly corrupt & bizarrely colorful group of men & women drawn to "the Paris of the East" for its seductive promise of high living & easy money. Secret war was waged ceaselessly among Axis & Allied agents & collaborators. Political & sexual loyalty was for sale to the highest bidder. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics & criminality more evident than in this glittering & dangerous place. This is the first book to deal in depth with the little-known story of the intelligence war in Shanghai. The widely respected historian author has researched it entirely from original sources & has uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration & treason by American & British nationals. This book is history at its most exciting & surprising
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Originally published: London : Profile Books, 1998

Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-349) and index

Abbreviations: List of maps -- Who was who -- Introduction: Solitary Island -- Bad hats -- Phony war in the international settlement -- Waiting for the barbarians -- Dark world -- Oriental mission -- Eagles mew'd -- Collaborators -- Shanghailanders in exile -- Wars within wars -- Endgames -- Twilight of Old Shanghai -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index

He story of wartime Shanghai unveils the savage political intrigue, diplomatic maneuvering, and sometimes deadly espionage that defined this city at the height of World War II, as foreign representatives converged on the city with its promise of cheap living and excitement. During World War II, Shanghai was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, & murderous political intrigue. China's largest & most cosmopolitan city was the intelligence capital of the Far East & a magnet for an astonishingly corrupt & bizarrely colorful group of men & women drawn to "the Paris of the East" for its seductive promise of high living & easy money. Secret war was waged ceaselessly among Axis & Allied agents & collaborators. Political & sexual loyalty was for sale to the highest bidder. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics & criminality more evident than in this glittering & dangerous place. This is the first book to deal in depth with the little-known story of the intelligence war in Shanghai. The widely respected historian author has researched it entirely from original sources & has uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration & treason by American & British nationals. This book is history at its most exciting & surprising

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