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  • Published: 7 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780734398550
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 118
  • RRP: $9.99
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Bloody Saturday reconstructs the events of that dreadful day from eyewitness accounts.

Saturday, August 14, 1937 – that summer Shanghai was expecting to be hit by a typhoon of ‘violent intensity’. The typhoon passed, but what did strike Shanghai was a man-made typhoon of bombs and shrapnel that brought aerial death and destruction such as no city had ever seen before. The clock outside the Cathay Hotel stopped at 4.27 p.m. precisely as the first bombs landed on the junction of the Nanking Road and the Bund; the second wave of explosions struck the dense crowds outside the Great World amusement centre in the French Concession. Bloody Saturday reconstructs the events of that dreadful day from eyewitness accounts.

  • Pub date: 7 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780734398550
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 118
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Paul French

Born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China and has written a number of books, including a history of foreign correspondents in China and a biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow.

His book Midnight in Peking was a New York Times Bestseller, a BBC Radio 4
Book of the Week, and will be made into an international miniseries by Kudos Film and Television, the UK creators of Spooks and Life on Mars.

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