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BOOK REVIEW: Shanghai 1842-1949: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, July 22, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Shanghai 1842-1949: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City

by Stella Dong

A broad overview of the city sheds considerable light on gangsters, corruption, repression, exploitation, affluenza, squalor, and all sorts of vice through the years covered. Of note, at one point, and for years, the leader of the largest criminal gang (the Green Gang) became the chief of police, where only gang members could become cops and detectives. If you thought Chicago in the 1920s was a gangland paradise, multiply it by 10 and you get Shanghai through the decades. Great setting for 1920s-30s pulp game.

Enjoyed all the colorful characters, from paupers to ultrarich.

Tags:  19th Century  20th Century  Asia-Pacific 

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