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The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

Jonathan Kaufman

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Viking
Publication date: 2 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9780735224414
4 stars out of 5
2 Jun 2020

"Kaufman deserves praise for highlighting a story that ought to be better known"

The author entertainingly contrasts the undisciplined Sassoons with the strict approach of Kadoorie and his sons Lawrence and Horace. Today, the Sassoon fortune has largely fragmented, but Michael Kadoorie, Lawrence’s son, is among Asia’s richest billionaires, with family stakes in Hong Kong’s dominant electricity company, the Peninsula hotels chain and the Peak Tram. The book is excellent too on China’s tumultuous history — the pernicious colonial influence, the collapse of Imperial China, and the Communist Revolution, which swept away both families’ Shanghai holdings.