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'Shanghai resident Paul French has written a lively, exhaustive narrative account of the life and times of entrepreneur and Shanghai businessman Carl Crow. An absorbing story about a pioneering figure in transnational commercial capitalism during the first half of the twentieth century.' - Tani E. Barlow, Professor of History, University of Washington Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for the next quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking adman. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. As his career progressed, so did the fortunes of Shanghai. The city transformed itself from a dull colonial backwater when Crow arrived, to the thriving and ruthless cosmopolitan metropolis of the 1930s when Crow wrote his pioneering book - 400 Million Customers - that encouraged a flood of businesses into the China market in an intriguing foreshadowing of today's boom.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622098029 ISBN13 9789622098022
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More About Paul French
Paul French is co-ordinator of a specialist clinical team based at Bolton, Salford & Trafford Mental Health Trust offering cognitive interventions for people who are considered at high risk of developing psychosis. He has worked in mental health since 1989 and has always been interested in the provision of services for people with psychosis having worked in a variety of inpatient and community settings. More recently, he has developed a research interest in working with people at high risk of developing psychosis.Hehas published a number of articles relating to early psychosis and particularly the provision of psychological interventions in early psychosis.
Anthony P. Morrison is a reader in psychology at the University of Manchester and is also programme co-ordinator for a specialist programme of care for people with early psychosis in Bolton, Salford & Trafford Mental Health Trust. He has published a number of articles on cognitive therapy for psychosis and experimental studies of cognitive processes in psychosis. He has been involved in a number of treatment trials for cognitive therapy for psychosis and has a special interest in the cognitive theory of and therapy for hearing voices. More recently, he has developed a research interest in working with people at high risk of developing psychosis and the links between trauma and psychosis. He was awarded the May Davidson Award 2002 for his contributions to clinical psychology.
Reviews - What do customers think about Carl Crow, a Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai?
Shanghai Saga Nov 8, 2007
A book on the varied career of an American businessman/author in China during the first half of the last century. Carl Crow is still worth reading about today both as an early example of Western commercial influence and involvement in the Middle Kingdom and because of his observations on the scrambled internal politics that ultimately led to war with Japan and later the Communist takeover. (Anyone who knew Chaig Kai-Shek, Zhou En-lai, the Soong sisters, and Owen Latttimore is worth some time.)
I think the author (and/or his editor) might have spent more time polishing this text's prose to remove some small but noticeable style errors. At the same time, I think Mr. French exhibits in his book a very keen understanding of the complex politics that confronted China between the two world wars. He does not lapse into giving us just the story of Mr. Crow. This is really a social and political history of a great city and nation during turbulent times.
Interesting subject - writing and editing could be better Jul 16, 2007
I enjoyed the book because Carl Crow did live an interesting life (journalism, marketing and hobnobbing with China's elite), in an interesting place (Shanghai) at an interesting time (pre World War 2).
That said, I have a few complaints. It is obvious that the author was working with very incomplete archival material, as the book has a "distance" from the subject that if he had talked to many people who had known Carl Crow should not be present. I felt like I was reading a summary of other reports, rather than a book that made Carl Crow really come alive. It is unfortunate that no one wrote a good biography before he died or shortly thereafter.
Secondly, I think the editing was terrible. Numerous times throughout the book, I read something and I said "Didn't I just read that?", and there it was - a similiar fact or statement in the paragraph above. No excuse for that kind of thing...
By far the best part of the book for me was when Japan invaded and the recently evacuated Carl Crow decided to go back to China, via the Burma Road, to report on the resistance and drum up support for China in America. This had the makings of engrossing book right there but unfortunately it was only one chapter of this effort.
An Excellent Recounting of an Interpid Businessmen during Shanghai's Golden Age Apr 18, 2007
There are many books on the market about Shanghai. However, Mr. French's book is your best choice for seeing how Shanghai's past is prelude to the present. Carl Crow lived during an era when Shanghai embraced a cosmpolitan culture that is strongly reminiscent of the city today. His writings about life and business custom made him the Shanghai counterpart of Peking's compelling and gifted foreign-born writers, like George Kates and John Blofeld. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. French for rescuing Carl Crow from obscurity and bringing him back to the attention of those of us whose lives and work take us to this great city by the sea. Highly recommended.
To understand Shanghai today, understand Shaghai yesterday Mar 14, 2007
Carl Crow was a unique individual in a unique time and place -- early 20th century Shanghai. His best-selling book, 400 Million Customers, published more that 70 years ago, is remarkable in part for great writing, but more importantly for insights into business in China, insights that still resonate in 2007, and likely will for decades to come, for these insights are not about transient political or economic trends, but about the Chinese as they truly are.
With his biography of Crow, Paul French (author, director of one of China's most respected research houses, Access Asia, and a tough old China hand himself), gives us a great look at his fellow author's life and times, but also at Crow's Shanghai. French spent years researching in Shanghai (his own residence), other parts of Asia and the USA to bring us this insightful work.
With China in such obvious ascent, we of the West owe ourselves and the coming generations a better understanding of the country and its history. Reading Crow's own book, and French's biography of him, is a great step toward such understanding. I strongly recommend both.