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The gangsters who were really officials and the officials who were really gangsters

Andrew Nathan: The ‘faceless fellow’ of Chinese espionage, 24 June 2004

Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service 
by Frederic Wakeman Jr..
California, 650 pp., £49.95, May 2003, 0 520 23407 3
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... Frederic Wakeman has long been fascinated with the police and criminals of pre-Communist Shanghai, who were as often each other’s allies as opponents. His first book on the subject, Policing Shanghai 1927-37 (1995), described the self-subverting involvement of the new Kuomintang government’s municipal police bureau in both the opium trade and the civil war against the Communists ...

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