Edgar Snow, A BiographyBook - 1988
A biography of the writer and journalist whose book Red Star over China has been called the most important book ever written by an American correspondent. His biography includes a history of the Communist movement in China from the 1930s to the 1970s. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Indiana University Press
"Hamilton's book illuminates the career of Edgar Snow... a fine job of relating Snow's remarkable story and his role in America's relations with China." -- J. William Fulbright
"Hamilton's well-informed biography scrutinizes both Ed Snow's career and the America that lionized him in World War II and ostracized him during the Cold War.... Hamilton's objective and scathing critique of America's anti-communist obsession makes one hope that publication of this book marks our entrance into a more constructive era in international relations." -- John K. Fairbank
"Snow's classic Red Star Over China was a journalistic coup.... But Snow... told Americans things they did not want to hear....[Edgar Snow: A Biography] is as plainspoken as its down-to-earth subject." -- Publishers Weekly
"... superb... [Hamilton's] writing style is a delight." -- Kansas City Star
"[A] vivid, discerning biography... Hamilton... has written the most comprehensive of the biographies of Snow. The result is a better-than-fiction tale of the adventures of a remarkable American and a portrait of Asia in transition from the colonial period.... tells us more about the realities and illusions of United States-China relations than most formal histories." -- New York Times Book Review
"... a remarkable and thorough job in bringing to life the adventures and writings of the independent Snow." -- Editor and Publisher
"... superb new biography... " -- Los Angeles Times
"... thoughtful new biography of the first man to report on Mao Zedong and the Chinese revolution that would change much of the world." -- Jay Mathews, Washington Monthly
"Well written and researched, Hamilton's book should help provide Snow with a richly deserved exemplary place in history." -- Robert Stevens, Missouri Historical Review
A study of the most important western journalist to work in and on China in both the revolutionary and post-revolutionary periods.