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Well researched and written, a great feat by the author to combine the two skills. The narration is top notch. Note: This is a factual account that includes occasional descriptions of wartime atrocities against combatants and civilians. It is not for the squeamish or easily traumatized.
Much isn't known about the Jappo Sino war of 1937. The Japanese don't talk much about it and China has been in Communist naughty boys club. The Eastern Front of WWII was known for it lack of clarity but this theatre took the prize. I am trying to work out why the Japanese military was so evil to POWs and civilian of occupied territory and I think the story really starts in Shanghai. George Backman is a little dry to listen to and the Chinese names a little hard to separate from each other but the book does show how Shanghai was very much like the Stalingrad on the Yangtze. A good book but not a great book.