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Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War

Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIA TAYLOR

ANY IMPRESSION of the smart set’s antics between the 20th century’s two cataclysmic wars instantly conjures the cabarets of Weimar Berlin or the nightclubs and brasseries of 1930s Paris. A more distant but no less radiant beacon of the Depressionera party circuit – Shanghai – is the subject of Taras Grescoe’s entertaining and detailed, if somewhat unfocused, portrait.

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