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The Resource The last kings of Shanghai : the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China, Jonathan Kaufman

The last kings of Shanghai : the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China, Jonathan Kaufman

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The last kings of Shanghai : the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China
Title
The last kings of Shanghai
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the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China
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Jonathan Kaufman
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Rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China
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Language
eng
Summary
"An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Shanghai, 1936. The Cathay Hotel, located on the city's famous waterfront, is one of the most glamorous in the world. Built by Victor Sassoon--billionaire playboy and scion of the Sassoon dynasty--the hotel hosts a who's who of global celebrities: Noel Coward has written a draft of Private Lives in his suite, Charlie Chaplin entertained his wife-to-be, and the American socialite Wallis Simpson reportedly posed for dirty photographs. A few miles away, Mao and the nascent communist party have been plotting revolution before being forced to flee the city. By the 1930's, the Sassoons had been doing business in China for a century, rivaled in wealth and influence by only one other dynasty--the Kadoories. These two Jewish families, both originally from Baghdad, stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power. In The Last Kings of Shanghai, Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable story of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country's deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival. He also tells the triumphant story of how they joined to rescue and protect eighteen thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism."--
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collective biography
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Kaufman, Jonathan
Dewey number
951/.1320410923924
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS135.C5
LC item number
K37 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Sassoon, David
  • Sassoon family
  • Kadoorie, Elly
  • Kadoorie family
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Jewish businesspeople
  • Sassoon, David
  • Sassoon family
  • Ethnic relations
  • Families
  • Jewish businesspeople
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • China
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The last kings of Shanghai : the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China, Jonathan Kaufman
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Patriarch -- Empire of the Sons-and Opium -- Laura and Elly -- Shanghai Rising -- The Impresario -- "Me Voila Therefore Walking a Tightrope" -- War -- "I Gave Up India and China Gave Me Up" -- The Reckoning -- The Last Taipan -- Back on the Bund
Control code
on1127549990
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxi, 350 pages
Isbn
9780735224414
Lccn
2019052103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The last kings of Shanghai : the rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China, Jonathan Kaufman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Patriarch -- Empire of the Sons-and Opium -- Laura and Elly -- Shanghai Rising -- The Impresario -- "Me Voila Therefore Walking a Tightrope" -- War -- "I Gave Up India and China Gave Me Up" -- The Reckoning -- The Last Taipan -- Back on the Bund
Control code
on1127549990
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxi, 350 pages
Isbn
9780735224414
Lccn
2019052103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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