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ISBN-10: 0393635945
ISBN-13: 9780393635942
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 06/16/2020
Dimensions: 9.50" L, 6.40" W, 1.40" H

Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai

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Overview

It is November 12, 1941, and the world is at war. In Shanghai, just weeks before Pearl Harbor, thousands celebrate the birthday of China’s founding father, Sun Yat-sen, in a new city center built to challenge European imperialism. Across town, crowds of Shanghai residents from all walks of life attend the funeral of China’s wealthiest woman, the Chinese-French widow of a Baghdadi Jewish businessman whose death was symbolic of the passing of a generation that had seen Shanghai’s rise to global prominence. But it is the racetrack that attracts the largest crowd of all. At the center of the International Settlement, the heart of Western colonization–but also of Chinese progressivism, art, commerce, cosmopolitanism, and celebrity–Champions Day unfolds, drawing tens of thousands of Chinese spectators and Europeans alike to bet on the horses.

In a sharp and lively snapshot of the day’s events, James Carter recaptures the complex history of Old Shanghai. Champions Day is a kaleidoscopic portrait of city poised for revolution.

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More captivating than a day at the races, James Carter offers a sweeping ride through Shanghai's tumultuous history...Every visitor to the city should read this book to know whose footsteps came before in People's Square.–Helen Zia, author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution
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Details

ISBN-10: 0393635945
ISBN-13: 9780393635942
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 06/16/2020
Dimensions: 9.50" L, 6.40" W, 1.40" H
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