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- DescriptionSet against the turbulent background of China in the first half of the 20th century, this reads like a romantic vel; but it's a true story. The reporter is the intrepid Australian journalist Will Donald, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1903 and by 1908 was Managing Editor of the China Mail. As a freelance journalist based in Shanghai, Donald then became advisor to a number of influential public figures, including Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, entangling himself in their power struggles. He participated in the armed struggle to overthrow the last emperor of China and then wrote proclamations for Sun Yat-Sen, who ultimately became Provisional President of the Republic of China. Will Donald's most intriguing alliance was with the swashbuckling Manchurian warlord and morphine-addicted womaniser, Zhang Xueliang. The lives of these two extraordinary men became entwined over the decades and provide a compelling narrative. The role of both Australian and American advisors in these events has a particularly modern resonance.
- Author BiographyCraig Collie is the author of The Path of Infinite Sorrow and Nagasaki: Living in the Shadow of the Bomb.
- Author(s)Craig Collie
- PublisherAllen & Unwin
- Date of Publication01/10/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSt Leonards
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintAllen & Unwin
- Content Note16pp b+w photos
- Weight537 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edition StatementMain
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