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Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (Philip E.Lilienthal Books)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Prewar Shanghai: casinos, brothels, Green Gang racketeers, narcotics syndicates, gun-runners, underground Communist assassins, Comitern secret agents. Frederic Wakeman's masterful study of the most colorful and corrupt city in the world at the time provides a panoramic view of the confrontation and collaboration between the Nationalist secret police and the Shanghai underw ...more
Kindle Edition, 478 pages
Published February 17th 1995 by University of California Press (first published 1995)
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Lynda Un
Readers who want to gain a keener understanding of Shanghai during the 1930's, and who may not necessarily have a background in security or an interest in policing per se, would still find this book worth their time. Through the viewpoint of the Nationalist' efforts to establish a modern police force in Shanghai during 1927-1937, the reader will meet all sorts of important figures in modern Shanghai, understand how society worked, how foreigners and the Chinese co-existed or fought with one anot ...more
Tony Henderson
Useful when researching my novel The Shanghai Circle
Chiang Kai-Shek (Jiang Jieshi) the man, the enigma. This one details how he attempted to govern Shanghai in the midst of foreign encroachment, organized crime and gangsters (remember the beginning of Indiana Jones??) and how he attempted to impliment his campaigns to rally support for the GMD (KMT) Nationalist Government. An interesting work by the late Frederic Wakeman.
Joshua Tintner
Detailed, precise research. But a plodding read that could have been as entertaining as it was enlightening.
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