From: The Last Kings of Shanghai
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Kings of Shanghai: The Jewish Dynasties that Shaped Modern China

Jonathan Kaufman

Kings of Shanghai:  The Jewish Dynasties that Shaped Modern China

An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.  Jonathan Kaufman tells the story of two Baghdadi families—the Sassoons and the Kadoories—who stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power. Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.

Featured in Haaretz, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, the book has been hailed by Professor Susannah Heschel who calls it a "masterpiece of research...a vivid and fascinating story of wealth, family intrigue, and political strategy on the world stage, from colonialism to communism to globalized capitalism."

Jonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has written and reported on China for thirty years for The Boston Globe, where he covered the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square; The Wall Street Journal, where he served as China bureau chief from 2002 to 2005; and Bloomberg News. He is the author of A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe and Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. He is director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.

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Kings of Shanghai: The Jewish Dynasties that Shaped Modern China

Jonathan Kaufman

Kings of Shanghai:  The Jewish Dynasties that Shaped Modern China

An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.  Jonathan Kaufman tells the story of two Baghdadi families—the Sassoons and the Kadoories—who stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power. Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.

Featured in Haaretz, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, the book has been hailed by Professor Susannah Heschel who calls it a "masterpiece of research...a vivid and fascinating story of wealth, family intrigue, and political strategy on the world stage, from colonialism to communism to globalized capitalism."

Jonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has written and reported on China for thirty years for The Boston Globe, where he covered the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square; The Wall Street Journal, where he served as China bureau chief from 2002 to 2005; and Bloomberg News. He is the author of A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe and Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. He is director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.

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