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  • Through the Looking Glassby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2009; US$ 32.00

    The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with the newspapers printed in the European Factories of Canton in the 1820s and ends with the Communist revolution in 1949. more...

  • Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Handby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2006; US$ 35.00

    The first biography of Carl Crow - one of the best-known and most successful Americans to live and work in Shanghai between the wars. After a successful career as a newspaperman and the proprietor of China's largest advertising agency in the 1930s he went on to write over a dozen books on China including the best selling series of anecdotes of... more...

  • The Old Shanghai A-Zby Paul French

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2010; US$ 25.00

    A unique and a definitive guide to every street in Shanghai and its former allowing historians, researchers, tourists and the just plain curious to navigate the city in its pre-1949 incarnation. This A-Z includes the former International Settlement, French Concession, External Roads area with an extensive index, detailed map and alphabetical entry... more...

  • Midnight In Pekingby Paul French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 14.38

    January, 1937: Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition and the clock is ticking down on all of it. In the exclusive Legation Quarter, the foreigners are jumpy. Japanese troops are poised to attack, and word has it the Chinese government is about to cut... more...

  • Badlandsby Paul French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 3.18

    The Badlands, a warren of narrow hutongs in the eastern district of pre-communist Peking, had its heyday in the 1930s. Home to the city's drifters, misfits and the odd bohemian, it was a place of opium dens, divebars, brothels, flophouses and cabarets, and was infamous for its ability to satisfy every human desire from the exotically entertaining to... more...

  • The Badlandsby Paul French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 3.37

    The Badlands by Paul French - a gripping criminal portrait of pre-communist Peking, from the interntional bestselling author of Midnight in Peking The Badlands, a warren of narrow hutongs in the eastern district of pre-communist Peking, had its heyday in the 1930s. Home to the city's drifters, misfits and the odd bohemian, it was a place of... more...

  • Betrayal in Parisby Paul French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 3.18

    At the conclusion of 'the war to end war', the victorious powers set about redesigning the world map at the Paris Peace Conference. For China, Versailles presented an opportunity to regain territory lost to Japan at the start of the war. Yet, despite early encouragement from the world's superpowers, the country was to be severely disappointed, an outcome... more...

  • North Koreaby Paul French

    Zed Books 2014; US$ 19.95

    A gripping and provocative account of one of the world’s most secretive countries. more...

  • North Koreaby Paul French

    Zed Books 2015; US$ 14.95

    A gripping and provocative account of one of the world’s most secretive countries. more...

  • Oil on Waterby Paul French; Sam Chambers

    Zed Books 2010; US$ 29.95

    The movement of oil around the world’s oceans is constantly under enormous pressure, from conflicts between nation states, piracy and climate change. Yet, while the uninterrupted flow of oil is essential to globalization, increasingly so as manufacturing and markets move eastwards to Asia, this threat is largely unreported. Out of sight, out of... more...