The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with the newspapers printed in the European Factories of Canton in the 1820s and ends with the Communist revolution in 1949.
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Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years as a founder and the Chief China Representative of the research consultancy Access Asia. He is a widely published analyst, writer and commentator on China. This is his fourth book. His first was One Billion Shoppers – Accessing Asia's Consuming Passions (written with Matthew Crabbe) followed by the well-received North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula. In 2006 he published his biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow – A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times and Adventures of an American in Shanghai, described by the Financial Times as a "captivating narrative".Review:
Through the Looking Glass is wonderful and layered. On one level, it is a delightful insight into the antics of the foreign press corps in an exotic land – a bit like Scoop, but true. On another, it is a historical treasure trove; we learn how Hemingway and Marx saw China, and we revel in the story of Queen Victoria's Pekinese dog, "Lootie". Lastly, it holds a "looking glass" up to the imperfections of perspective that is as relevant now as ever. (James Kynge, former Financial Times Beijing Bureau Chief and author of China Shakes the World)
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Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX9622099823
Book Description Hong Kong Univ Pr, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 240 pages. 9.10x6.20x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk9622099823
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 9622099823
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P119622099823