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Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China
Journey with author Jonathan Kaufman as he tells the remarkable story of the Sassoon and the Kadoorie families who stood astride Chinese history, business, and politics for more than 175 years from the 19th century until today. Originally from Baghdad, these families profited from the Opium Wars; survived Japanese occupation; courted Chiang Kai-shek; and lost nearly everything as the Communists swept into power. The book lays bare the moral compromises of the Kadoories and the Sassoons--and their exceptional foresight, success, and generosity. At the height of World War II, they joined together to rescue and protect eighteen thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism

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

Aug 2, 2021 08:00 PM in London

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