Set against the turbulent background of China in the first half of the 20th Century, this reads like a romantic novel; but it's a true story. The reporter is the intrepid Australian journalist Will Donald, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1903 and by 1908 was Managing Editor of the China Mail.
As a freelance journalist based in Shanghai, Donald then became advisor to a number of influential public figures, including Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, entangling himself in their power struggles. He participated in the armed struggle to overthrow the last emperor of China and then wrote proclamations for Sun Yat-Sen, who ultimately became Provisional President of the Republic of China.
Will Donald's most intriguing alliance was with the swashbuckling Manchurian warlord and morphine-addicted womaniser, Zhang Xueliang. The lives of these two extraordinary men became entwined over the decades and provide a compelling narrative. The role of both Australian and American advisors in these events has a particularly modern resonance.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 537 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
The Reporter and the Warlords focuses on a remarkable Australian, William Henry Donald... Donald's story is painted within a massive canvas, with a vast supporting cast of colourful players. * The Australian *
This is an informative insight into the man and country. * Sun Herald *