By Paul French
The 1st biography of Carl Crow - one of many best-known and such a lot winning americans to stay and paintings in Shanghai among the wars. After a winning occupation as a newspaperman and the owner of China's biggest ads enterprise within the Thirties he went directly to write over a dozen books on China together with the easiest promoting sequence of anecdotes of his time in Shanghai: 400 Million Customers.
Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made town his domestic for the subsequent area of a century, operating there as a journalist, newspaper owner, and groundbreaking adman. He additionally did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the yankee executive, and propagandist. As his occupation improved, so did the fortunes of Shanghai. the town reworked itself from a lifeless colonial backwater whilst Crow arrived, to the thriving and ruthless cosmopolitan city of the Nineteen Thirties whilst Crow wrote his pioneering booklet – four hundred Million consumers – that inspired a flood of companies into the China marketplace in an interesting foreshadowing of today's boom.
Among Crow's exploits have been attending the negotiations in Peking that ended in the autumn of the Qing Dynasty, getting a scoop on eastern interference in China through the First international battle, negotiating the discharge of a bunch of Western hostages from a mountain bandit lair, and being one of many first Westerners to trip up the Burma street through the moment global conflict. He met many of the significant figures of the time, together with solar Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, the Soong sisters, and Mao's second-in-command Zhou En-lai. in the course of the moment global warfare, he labored for American intelligence along Owen Lattimore, coordinating US guidelines to help China opposed to Japan.
The tale of this one unprecedented guy provides us a wealthy view of Shanghai and China in the course of these tempestuous years. this can be a publication for all with an curiosity in Shanghai and China of this era, and people with an curiosity within the improvement of journalism and enterprise there.
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It was perhaps this unique symbo1 of commitment to the new order, as much as the po1itics it espoused, that ensured that defection rates from the rebe1s were so insignificant. Crow himse1f fully appreciated the fate of those who did or did not cut off their queues - on his first visit to Nanjing he had seen decapitated heads hanging from te1egraph po1es by their queues. By October 1911 Crow was witnessing the cutting of queues in Shanghai itse1f as millions of pigtai1s were shom off across the country.
The British-run press afforded the disaster a few lines but Millard felt more was neede d, in particular an eye-witness account. Crow undertook a 600-mile round trip up river to interview starving refugees , Manchu officials and the local foreign community of up-country missionaries. Despite the scorn the British hacks had for such “ local" news , Crow's eye-witness accounts attracted a significant amount of attention in Shanghai and led to the establishment of a charitable fund to aid the victims of the floods.
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Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai by Paul French