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Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II e-book

Author:

Bernard Wasserstein

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

Asia

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1531 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 13, 1999)

Pages:

354

ISBN:

0395985374

Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II e-book

by Bernard Wasserstein


Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous . Bernard Wasserstein's look at the cloak-and-dagger side Shanghai in the 1930s and during World War II casts an even seamier light on pre-Liberation city than is usually seen.

Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue. China's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Secret War exceeds the reader's expectations in several ways. First, the level of spying that was carried out by the various powers in the International Settlement against each other and their own citizens is nothing short of shocking.

Secret War in Shanghai book. Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue

Secret War in Shanghai book. Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue.

Before World War II, Shanghai was China's leading commercial center and the most vital and glamorous of. .

Before World War II, Shanghai was China's leading commercial center and the most vital and glamorous of Asia's great cities.

Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II, by Bernard Wasserstein, Houghton . Shanghai just before the war was dominated by a system of foreign concessions

Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II, by Bernard Wasserstein, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston an. Shanghai just before the war was dominated by a system of foreign concessions. Chief among them were the British, French, Japanese and American. There were also smaller Italian and German populations, as well as a large refugee population of White Russians, German Jews and others.

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The paradise of adventurers", Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour

The paradise of adventurers", Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour. Racketeers, cutthroats and con-men jostled for advantage as secret agents of the great powers waged a complex and sinister struggle for power. Bernard Wasserstein introduces the British, American and Australian individuals who collaborated with the Axis powers as well as subversive warfare operatives battling the Japanese-and one another. At times both shocking and amusing, this book lifts the lid on the bizarre underworld of the 'sin city of the Orient' during its most enthralling period in history.

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Shortly prior to and during World War II, and coinciding with the Second . Wasserstein, Bernard, Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II.

Shortly prior to and during World War II, and coinciding with the Second Sino-Japanese War, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees were resettled in the Japanese Empire. The onset of the European war by Nazi Germany involved the lethal mass persecutions and genocide of Jews, later known as the Holocaust, resulting in thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing east. Many ended up in Japanese-occupied China. In 1979 Rabbi Marvin Tokayer and Mary Swartz authored a book called The Fugu Plan. 1999.

Author of Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II (1999); Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time (2009); On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War (2012), among other books. Primary Contributions (2). Jerusalem. Jerusalem, ancient city of the Middle East that since 1967 has been wholly under the rule of the State of Israel.

The paradise of adventurers," Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour

The paradise of adventurers," Shanghai during World War II was suffused with dangerous glamour.

Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue. China's largest and most cosmopolitan city, the intelligence capital of the Far East, was a magnet for a corrupt and bizarrely colorful group of men and women drawn to the "Paris of the East" for its seductive promise of high living and easy money. Political and sexual loyalties were for sale to the highest bidder. Allied and Axis agents, criminal gangs, and paramilitary units under various flags waged secret, savage warfare. Espionage, lurid vice, subversion, and crime came together in a lethal concoction. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics and criminality better exemplified than in this glittering and dangerous place. Secret War in Shanghai is the first book-length account of the little-known story of Shanghai in the war years. The widely respected historian Bernard Wasserstein has researched it entirely from original sources and uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration and treason by American, British, and Australian nationals. This remarkable depiction of complicity and betrayal is history at its most exciting and surprising.
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Bernard Wasserstein's look at the cloak-and-dagger side Shanghai in the 1930s and during World War II casts an even seamier light on pre-Liberation city than is usually seen.
Secret War exceeds the reader's expectations in several ways. First, the level of spying that was carried out by the various powers in the International Settlement against each other and their own citizens is nothing short of shocking. Sexual habits, personal histories, and suspected involvements were all part of the records kept by the Shanghai Municipal Police, a largely Anglo-Saxon coalition empowered to keep order in the Settlement.
Not a single nation is spared in Secret War. Just when the reader believes that Wasserstein may be favoring the British, he slams them for incompetence or outright treachery. The French, Germans, Americans, and Japanese all come under fire for treating their concessions in Shanghai as their own little fiefdoms.
Wasserstein introduces us to an eclectic cast of charlatans, murderers, and thieves. There's Eugene Pick, the Russian-born gangster who collaborates with the Japanese and, when not spending his evenings at the theater, is conspiring to have his rivals bumped off. There's "Count" du Berrier, a bogus aristocrat and genuine arms dealer available to the highest bidder. "Princess" Sumaire, another false member of a royal family, this social-climbing Indian imposter lived the high life and traded sex for influence, first among Western expatriates, and later, the Japanese.
After the outbreak of the Pacific War in the late 1930s, intelligence gathering in Shanghai turned from a broad activity aimed at foiling communism and social disruption to top-level spying. As the war deepened, two surprising details emerge: not only were citizens of the Allied nations prone to passively or actively collaborating with the Japanese, but both the Allies and the Axis powers spent as much time and resources spying on each other as they did on the enemy. Because Britain wanted to avoid dragging Japan into the larger conflict, instructions given to British citizens were never exact in stating what constituted collaboration, and therefore Shanghai continued, in some ways, to do business as usual even after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when war was officially declared.
In between its various stories of intrigue, Secret War presents an account of expatriate life in Shanghai seldom documented elsewhere. The description of Shanghai's various newspapers and radio stations operated by the Settlement's nations and entrepreneurs is by itself short but fascinating.
Missing from this fine work of research is a single map of old Shanghai that would show the reader the lay of the land and the location of the various concessions. Without it, the reader has no idea which concessions abutted one another nor the proximity of one to the other, or the relation of the Chinese city to the International Settlement. The only other outstanding fault of the book is Wasserstein's propensity to use French and German phrases without offering a translation, even in the book's copious notations. Only those fluent in both languages will not be forced to seek the assistance of a dictionary.
Overall, Secret War in Shanghai is a great cold-weather read, a narrative that reads like a novel but with a story that is all too true.
Mall
In fact, I am reading it at present. A fascinating history, replete with betrayal, intrigue, vice, espionage and a cast of characters that are novel worthy --from Chinese vice-lords, Japanese military, White and Red Russians, German Nazis, British Tai-pans and schemers from all nationalities who were active in Shanghai during WWII. Extremely thorough,well researched and well written.
Kifer
This book is interesting, but not easy to read because there is so much confusion and too much detail. The author tries to sort it all out, but the very subject makes that difficult. It is written like a text book, and must be read as such.
Voodoosida
After the Japanese destroyed a Chinese Nationalist Army in the Battle for Shanghai in 1937, they began to take over the rest of the city. Shanghai in 1937, still had a French Concession (FC) and an International Settlement (IS, which was run by the British). The IS was just like “Casablanca” was in the eponymous movie. It was full of stateless people (White Russians and Jews mainly), spies and criminals. It was the perfect place to keep an eye on the Japanese from.

The FC was loyal to the Vichy Government, but there was a Gaullist underground that made trouble. The Germans were more Nazi than Germany, the Italians were neutral as were the Americans. The Chinese (who were only there as guests) supported the Nationalists, the Communists and the Chinese puppet government (controlled by the Japanese). The Japanese who were building the East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere treated all other Asians like ‘little brothers’ (and we know how that works).

The Japanese slowly closed in and around the FC and IS until they slowly took them over and put most of the Europeans/Americans in internment camps. But the spy networks and underground criminal black market thrived. This is the story of the underground workings of the spy networks. Well researched and documented.

Zeb Kantrowitz

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