Carl Crow, a Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai

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The first biography of Carl Crow - one of the best-known and most successful Americans to live and work in Shanghai between the wars. After a successful career as a newspaperman and the proprietor of China's largest advertising agency in the 1930s he went on to write over a dozen books on China including the best selling series of anecdotes of his time in Shanghai: Four Hundred Million Customers.

Hong Kong University Press

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Overview

The first biography of Carl Crow - one of the best-known and most successful Americans to live and work in Shanghai between the wars. After a successful career as a newspaperman and the proprietor of China's largest advertising agency in the 1930s he went on to write over a dozen books on China including the best selling series of anecdotes of his time in Shanghai: Four Hundred Million Customers.

Hong Kong University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622098022
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,537,146
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. He is a widely published analyst, journalist and commentator on China and foreign business in the country. This is his third book. His first was One Billion Shoppers - Accessing Asia's Consuming Passions After the Meltdown written with Matthew Crabbe and inspired by Carl Crow's similarly titled book. Recently, Paul French has written the well-received North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula - A Modern History.
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Table of Contents


Names and Spelling     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: A Quarter Century in China     1
From the Mid-West to the China Coast     7
The China Press Man     17
Living at the End of the Wires     25
The Collapse of the Qing Dynasty and Opportunities Abound     35
Intrigue in Tokyo and World War     57
From Fruit Rancher to Spy     71
Sun Yat-sen and the Biography That Never Was     83
Four Hundred Million Customers and Bringing Billboards to China     89
Getting Friendly with Warlords     113
Rumblings in Shanghai     133
The Life of a China Coast Man     139
Fear in Shanghai, the Generalissimo and Three Stripes on the Arm     161
Back in the Newspaper Business     171
The New Republic and the Soong Dynasty     177
More Skirmishes and a City in Flux     185
Swallowing Like Whales, Nibbling Like Silkworms     193
Final Days in the City of the Dead     203
Business Over: The Escape from Shanghai     211
Through the Back Door into China     223
Tea with Madame Chiang and Whisky with Zhou En-lai     237
War Service and Being Proved Right     249
The Final Prolific Years     261
Epilogue: Gone but Not Forgotten     269
Notes     271
Select Bibliography and Further Reading     297
Appendix     301
Index     303
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