Shanghai: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City

Stella Dong

Every now and then I’ll read a book that fills me very powerfully with regret – regret that I had not read it earlier. This is one such book.
I read a ton of books about China and about Shanghai when I first moved here, so many that most of them began to run together in a blur.
This account of the rise of Shanghai, the place where I’ve lived for 4 1/2 years and the subject of my most important photography project to date is a compelling and informative read that’s both well researched and written in sturdy, serviceable prose. I’ve had moments of fun with it, and I’ve learned a lot.

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