I Sailed with Chinese Pirates

Overview


In the late 1920s, gangs of ruthless and heavily armed pirates plagued the Pearl River delta in China, controlling fishing fleets, terrorizing villages, and hijacking steamer ships. Commissioned to investigate this practice, the intrepid American journalist Aleko Lilius was able to record first-hand the final days of traditional piracy. This book, a rip-roaring tale of adventure on the high seas, is the result of his heady and perilous undertaking.
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Overview


In the late 1920s, gangs of ruthless and heavily armed pirates plagued the Pearl River delta in China, controlling fishing fleets, terrorizing villages, and hijacking steamer ships. Commissioned to investigate this practice, the intrepid American journalist Aleko Lilius was able to record first-hand the final days of traditional piracy. This book, a rip-roaring tale of adventure on the high seas, is the result of his heady and perilous undertaking.
The experiences recounted here include a journey on the assault ship of the notorious queen of the Macau pirates, assignations in the murky opium dens of Macau and Canton, incarceration in a Hong Kong Prison, and abduction by the pirates themselves--during which time Lilius witnesses extortion and even murder before making his dramatic bid for freedom.
Rooted in the bygone era of hard-nosed adventuring, I Sailed with Chinese Pirates is a gripping yarn, as riveting and hard-to-put-down as the most sensational fiction.
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"Lilius's forgotten classic reads as boldly and bloodily as a Chinese Treasure Island. What is perhaps most remarkable about this extraordinary piece of journalism is that the writer lived to tell the tale."  —Adam Williams, author, The Dragon's Tail

"Lilius's adventures remain as thrilling today as they no doubt were to readers of the time."  —Meng-yun Wang, Time Out Beijing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789881815446
  • Publisher: Earnshaw Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleko E. Lilius was a Russian journalist, a writer, and an adventurer. He is the author of Turbulent Tangiers. Paul French is a Shanghai-based editor, writer, and analyst. He is the author of Carl Crow: A Tough Old China Hand, North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, and Through the Looking Glass and the coauthor of Fat China and Oil and Water.

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