ISBN: 978-988-18154-0-8 Language: English Pages: 274 pgs Pub Date: September 2009
Book US$ 19.99 Qty
Meet the writer
"For old China hands
and armchair travellers alike, Crow's sharp observations, and French's
helpful introduction and notes, open up a crucial period of Chinese
history to a whole new generation of readers."
Rob Gifford - Former National Public Radio Beijing correspondent and
author of CHINA ROAD: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
In 1939 Carl Crow – an American who had lived in Shanghai for 25 years
– travelled up the Burma Road from Rangoon to Chongqing on assignment
for Liberty magazine - ‘the most interesting assignment I have ever
been given’. The Burma Road (‘the road of a thousand thrills and a
thousand dangers’) was China’s vital but perilous 717-mile lifeline to
the outside world. In China’s wartime capital Crow found himself in the
most heavily bombed city on earth in 1939 witnessing the daily struggle
of the Chinese people under Japanese bombardment and interviewing the
most senior Chinese figures in the government. Published here for the
first time from his archived diaries and notes, The Long Road Back to
China is Crow’s typically observant and sympathetic first hand memoir
of China’s darkest hour.
Who is Carl Crow?
Carl was a Missouri boy who studied journalism and then pitched up in
Shanghai in 1911 to start China's first American-run English-language
newspaper, the China Press. He then started his own advertising agency
that made him wealthy and revolutionized advertising and brand
management in China. He was one of the most prominent foreigners in
China during the era between the world wars.