Through the Looking Glass and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao Hardcover – June 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-9622099821 ISBN-10: 9622099823
Buy used
Buy new
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
23 used & new from $21.59
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Hardcover, June 9, 2009
"Please retry"
$24.98 $21.59

Hold Still by Sally Mann
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Acclaimed photographer Sally Mann sorted through boxes of family papers and old pictures to find "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land ... racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder." Learn more | See similar books
$35.00 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews


"Through the Looking Glass is wonderful and layered. On one level, it is a delightful insight into the antics of the foreign press corps in an exotic land - a bit like Scoop, but true. On another, it is a historical treasure trove; we learn how Hemingway and Marx saw China, and we revel in the story of Queen Victoria's Pekinese dog, "Lootie". Lastly, it holds a "looking glass" up to the imperfections of perspective that is as relevant now as ever." - James Kynge, former Financial Times Beijing Bureau Chief and author of China Shakes the World

About the Author

Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years as a founder and the Chief China Representative of the research consultancy Access Asia. He is a widely published analyst, writer and commentator on China. This is his fourth book. His first was One Billion Shoppers - Accessing Asia's Consuming Passions (written with Matthew Crabbe) followed by the well-received North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula. In 2006 he published his biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times and Adventures of an American in Shanghai, described by the Financial Times as a "captivating narrative".


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622099823
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622099821
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul French lives in Shanghai, where he is a business advisor and analyst. He frequently comments on China for the English-speaking press around the world. French studied history, economics, and Mandarin at university and has an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Glasgow.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Paul French's book has an excellent concept as a one-volume historical narrative of the immense subject of the foreign journalists who worked in China from the Opium Wars to the time of Mao. Clearly French knows a lot about China in general and this specialised subject in particular. He has researched the subject at length in many sources: his end notes and bibliography are good. The book is entertaining, interesting and insightful about a colourful swathe of journalistic personalities and their impact in Chinese politics and society, and in global perception of China through several periods. Colourful characters were so common among these journalists that many are full-length individual biographical subjects in their own right. Probably the most extraordinary of all: Emily Hahn 1905-1997 of The New Yorker. She was one of the most versatile, prolific and risk-taking authors of the 20th century. Hahn lived for six years in Shanghai's red light district, smoked opium, kept a largely uncontrollable pet gibbon she called Mr Mills, and variously "lived in sin" with the noted Shanghai poet/publisher Shao Xunmei 邵洵美 1906-1968 and the British intelligence officer and important author/scholar in his own right, Charles Boxer 1904-2000, who she eventually married after bearing him a daughter out of wedlock.

Very reasonably, French at the beginning of his book explains that he has not attempted a complete directory of the foreign press corps in China. As this would be probably impossible and likely dreary, '...the characters represented in this book represent a selection of the major figures and those who piqued my interest for one reason or another.' Unsurprisingly, the author tends to view the experiences and attitudes of the imperialist generation of China correspondents, like G.E.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao
This item: Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao
Price: $35.00
Ships from and sold by

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?