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CHINA REVISITED, AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS., Chiang Yee.  (The Silent Traveller.)
1 Chiang Yee. (The Silent Traveller.) CHINA REVISITED, AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS.
New York W.W. Norton 1977 03930879143 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Chiang Yee. 
180 pp, 9 1/2" H. Illustrated throughout with the author's b&w drawings & calligraphy. "In 1933, Chiang Yee, then the governor of a district in China, was forced to leave his homeland after an argument with a warlord. The China he left was an unhealthy country: a weak central government unable to control the power of the warlords; a deteriorating economic condition; a reputation for corruption based on an ill-defined and unsatisfactory land-tax system; widespread illiteracy and famine. In 1975, after an absence of forty-two years, he returned to China. In this book he tells of his travels and records his impressions of the new China as compared to the China he left. In addition, his two grown daughters, who, along with their mother, remained in China, provide another perspective on China's progress. As Mr. Chiang travels through China, he tells of his visits to both well-known and less familiar landmarks; he describes the communes and factories of light industry which have been built in the last twenty-five years. He attends the May First celebration - the important festival of labor. But, above all, he contrasts the backwards country he left with the brand-new independent nation that has been emerging over the last twenty-five years. He points with pride to the accomplishments: 800 million Chinese living and working together in a united spirit; the feeling of peace and prosperity; no unemployment; sufficient food for all; great technical, scientific, and educational advances; increased literacy; universal medicare; and vast improvements in the status of women." Small faint scuff at top of fore-edge of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some light waviness on front panel, very light browning - mainly at edges, small light stain at top edge of spine, two line indentations across spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Osprey, Reading, 1974, first edition. 
176 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. "The modern Chinese army has been in existence for twenty-five years and has been at war, somewhere, for most of that time. It is thus the most battle-hardened army in the worl d. Its four major campaigns have been in Tibet, Korea, India and the Russian confrontation in Mongolia - all on China's border....China's military achievements in these campaigns have not before been considered together as a single developin g s t o r y . Mr Corr does so now against the background of China's political advancement. He presents both sides of each argument, and demonstrates that the Chinese attitude is usually racial rather than political: they are Chinese first and Com mu n is t se co nd . He examines the internal political divisions of the People's Liberation Army, especially the 'Red versus expert' debate, culminating in the mysterious death in 1971 of Lin Piao. The book concudes with an up-to-date assessment of th e R ed Ar my' s s trength, potential, and political motivation." Moderate cigarette odor, slight browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket has minor wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light browning. V ery Goo d-/ Very Goo d 
Price: 10.00 USD
1. THE CRIPPLED TREE.  2. A MORTAL FLOWER.  3. BIRDLESS SUMMER., Han Suyin.  (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.)
3 Han Suyin. (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.) 1. THE CRIPPLED TREE. 2. A MORTAL FLOWER. 3. BIRDLESS SUMMER.
London Jonathan Cape Hard Cover 
Han Suyin (1916-2012), daughter of a Chinese father and Belgium mother, was born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow and is perhaps best known for her novel "A Many-Splendoured Thing", basis for the movie, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". These are the first three volumes of her autobiography, tracing her family history from 1885, then her own story up to 1948. (Two later volumes, covering the years 1949-1991 are not included here.) All are in dust jackets, have pictorial endpapers, b&w photo-graphs & map, 8 3/4" H. 1. The Crippled Tree - 461 pp, 1970 reprint, ISBN 0224610058. "Han Suyin evokes, through the life of her two families (eastern and western), a panorama of the history of China from 1885 to 1928. It contains eyewitness accounts, from family papers, of the Sino-French War, of the revolution of 1911 and of the emergence of Chiang Kai-shek." 2. A Mortal Flower - 413 pp, 1966 first edition. "(Covers) the decade from 1928 to 1938, when Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and Mao Tsetung in his mountain fastness gathered the spent remnants of an almost destroyed communist army and rebuilt it as a force. The Japanese invasion, the Long March, the Student Revolt of 1936 - all these happened in China while Hitler and Mussolini hypnotized Europe with their preparations for war." 3. Birdless Summer - 347 pp, 1968 first edition, ISBN 224614711. "The events of Chinese history between 1938 and 1948 are vividly reconstructed (here). The story of Han Suyin's unhappy marriage to a fanatical army officer is told against the background of the appalling confusion and corruption of China at that time: the Japanese invasion, the misery and squalor of the retreating Chinese, the activi-ties of Chiang Kai-shek and his 'Blueshirts', the violent prelude to revolution. (Her) narrative is not merely the affecting and extraordinary lfie of a woman of immense courage. In the way that it brings to life more powerfully than ever before the spirit and politics of China, it is a significant contribution to the history of our time." Volume 1- fading to color at edges of boards and on front hinge, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling, two edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color. Volume 2 - light fading to color on top of spine - also a tiny stain, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, very light browning to edges of text block, very light edge wear, very small bump to bottom corner of front board - migrates into half the pages, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light wear at top of rear hinge and front flap, small ink stin on inside of rear flap, light rubbing. Volume 3 has very light edge wear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1982 0802055419 / 9780802055415 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
443 pp, 9 1/4" H. "The establishment of the United Nations system at the conclusion of the Second World War was followed by a period of disillusion in the late 40s about the prospects of world order. With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 there came a regrouping of forces and revised calculations of what was possible. The first volume of 'The Shaping of Peace' described Canadian attitudes and policies towards international institutions as the Second World War ended. This volume is concerned with the developments in the decade after the war, with the changing Canadian concepts as they were shaped by events and challenges. Although principal attention is paid to the organs of the United Nations, other themes such as the establishment of NATO, the progress of the new Commonwealth, and the changing concepts of the North American relationship are analysed as essential elements in the Canadian search for equilibrium." Minor wrinkling at top of front hinge. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, very light browning. 
Price: 25.00 USD
5 Mao Tse-Tung. Translated and with introduction by Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith, USMC (Ret.). MAO TSE-TUNG ON GUERRILLA WARFARE.
Praeger, New York, 1961, book club edition. 
114 pp + appendix (8 pp), 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "In 1937, Mao Tse-tung, in retreat after ten years of battling the Nationalist troops of Chiang Kai-shek, wrote a succinct pamphlet that has become one of the most influential doc uments of our time. This treatise, the first systematic analysis of guerrilla warfare, established Mao as the architect of a new method of warfare. Within the last two decades, Mao's study has become the basic textbook for waging Communist r e v o l u t ionary warfare in underdeveloped and emergent areas throughout the world. It provided the strategy for Ho Chi Minh's protracted campaigns in Indochina and for Castro's successful Cuban revolution." Ink name and notation on half-title p ag e, l ig ht w rinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing, light soiling on rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
Times Books, New York, 1979, second printing. 
278 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0812907388 B&w illustrations. "The epic story of how the Twentieth Air Force was built into the most advanced strategic weapon of World War II and the prototype for today's Strategic A ir Command is filled with action, heroic adventures, and technological triumphs. (This book) describes the expert teamwork which offset the tremendous obstacles facing General Henry ('Hap') Arnold, Chief of Army Air Corps, from the outset. T h e B - 2 9 had to be designed, built, tested, and proved in an impossibly short time. But perhaps the greatest enemy of all was geography: The men in General Curtis LeMay's command flew B-29s carrying their own fuel over the Himalayas from Indi a, w he r e th ey were based for operations over China, Southeast Asia, and ultimately, Japan. Replete with firsthand reports and anecdotes, here are accounts of air battles against suicidal Japanese pilots, and of political infighting. The cast of ch ara ct er s i ncl udes supporters such as FDR and General George Marshall, and such prominent wartime figures as Chennault, Stilwell, and Chiang Kai-shek. The author details LeMay's little-known, successful tactic that wiped out virtually e very maj or J apa nes e ci ty l ong before the A-bombs were dropped. (He) argues convincingly that LeMay's strategy made not only the American atom bombing of Japan unnecessary, but also the development and future use of nuclear weapons." Small s hallo w bum p at bott om e dge o f fro nt board. Dust jacket has two very small edge tears with creases - archivally taped, light rubbing, large corner crease on front flap, wrinkling and soft crease on spine. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
Renditions / Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, (1980). 
282 pp, small 4to (10 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Chinese calligraphy, music examples, 2 color plates. "Tz'u originally was written to music to be sung; the word itself means 'song words' in Chinese. While the literary aspect of tz'u is derived from the five and seven-syllable lines of regulated verse or shih, its musical element can be traced back to the triumph, in the early T'ang dynasty, of popular foreign songs over native ones. Tz'u, in fact, is an overflow of shih. When T'ang poetry could no longer express adequately man's more refined and delicate feelings, and when the simple quatrains could not longer contain the spirit of song, it was natural for a new genre to emerge...The approach of the present volume of essays and translations of tz'u is an intimate rather than a pedantic one, for its purpose is to take the poetry-loving reader, as it were, by the hand, and welcome him into a new world. It is an attempt to present a comprehensive view of tz'u poetry, its intrinsic qualities as well as the achievements of individual writers. Through the nine interpretive essays and the eight translations of individual tz'u poets in the present anthology, the reader will gain a deeper in sight in to tz'u poetry and see its continuity in the history of Chinese literature." Previous owners chop (stamp) on free front endpaper, very light edge wear to boards. VG+/NF 
Price: 45.00 USD
FLYING TIGERS., Szuscikiewicz, Paul.
8 Szuscikiewicz, Paul. FLYING TIGERS.
Gallery, New York, 1990. 
80 pp, 12 1/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0831726725 Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs. "In August 1941 a handful of young Americans disembarked at Rangoon, Burma, the first contingent of fighter pilots of Claire Lee C hennault's American Volunteer Group. Enlisted from the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps to aid the Chinese Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek in their bitter war against the Japanese, Chennault's aviators were destined to gain worldwide ren o w n a s the Flying Tigers. Within the year the Flying Tigers' distinctive shark-toothed P-40 fighters would be credited with destroying nearly 300 enemy aircraft. Chennault was an innovative aerial tactician and, recognizing his unit's acute s ho rt ag e s of pilots and aircraft, decreed that his three squadrons - the Adam and Eves, Hell's Angels, and Panda Bears - were only to engage the enemy on the most favorable terms. His strict code of war paid dividends during the hard-fought air co mba ts ov er Ra n goon in which the Flying Tigers consistently outfought a numerically superior enemy, thereby preventing the Japanese from gaining air superiority over the Burmese capital and allowing the British and Imperial ground troops to make the ir esc ape to th e Indian border. 'Flying Tigers' retells the full story behind one of World War II's most colorful fighting elite forces, from the recruitment of the first pilots, through their intial training in Burma and the savage do gfigh ts ov er Rang oon, to the ir missions defending the retreating Allied forces. A final chapter looks at the demise of the unit and makes a critical assessment of its contribution to the Allied war effort." Minor corner wear. Dust jacket has light rubbi ng, some area s of ver y light edge wear/wrinkling, small tear wrinkling at top of spine - archivally taped. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD

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