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    Graham Peck(Author) Robert Kapp(Introduction)

Graham Peck (1914-1968) made his first trip to China in 1935 and served with the U.S. Office of War Information in China throughout the 1940s. His memoir, Two Kinds of Time, first published in 1950, is witty and eloquent in both its words and the drawings with which it is lovingly illustrated. Long out of print in its unabridged version, this engagingly written eye-witness narrative of China on the eve of revolution remains an important source of historical and political information. Robert A. Kapp's new Introduction analyzes the book's original contribution and highlights its relevance to issues in the twenty-first century world.

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  • By GwydionM on 29 July 2010

    This is maybe the best of many books written by US visitors to Kuomintang China during World War Two. All of them found the government hopelessly corrupt. Peck notes it in quite a witty way and with some very good cartoons. He has some amazing tales to tell - a village in Yunnan where the landlords were virtual beggars, one landlord family owning just one acre, but still making a living without working.He also notes how a prejudice against manual work was crippling. One Western-educated woman came back with a beautiful-seeming scheme for adult education, but gave up on it because she found the peasants ignorant. Elsewhere he speaks of trained Chinese geologists who could draw beautiful maps, but didn't like working with rocks and so found no actual mineral resources of the sort China needed (and which have been found since).Peck never got to see the Chinese Communists in their own territory and doesn't seem to like them much from what he does know of them. His sympathies are for the 'middle ground' and he regrets that the USA did not support them.

  • By Buddy Hide Jr on 16 October 2014

    Peck gives a very thorough insight into life under the Kuomintang government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek during the pre comunist era.

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