Monthly Archives: May 2012

A good climbing blog…

Thepainofdiscipline, a nice blog that spotlights climbing videos. Enjoy.

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Taiping Diptych — two superb books on the most destructive war of the 19th Century

Ever heard more than a tidbit about the Taiping Rebellion, the civil war that convulsed China in the 1850s and 60s? I hadn’t either. It’s virtually unknown in the West, but it nearly destroyed China’s Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, and it’s probably the most bloody civil war in the history of the human race. Interested in learning more? Check out these two excellent books. Continue reading

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China’s Wings events in Santa Barbara and San Diego, June 2012

I have three China’s Wings events scheduled in quick succession on 10, 11, and 12 June, 2012. Santa Barbara, Sunday, June 10, 2012, 4:00 p.m.: I’m one of three authors serving on the non-fiction book panel at the Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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China’s Wings’ connection to Fedex…

Why, every time you send a package via Federal Express, you’re connecting to the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), China’s Wings, and the Hump Airlilft… Continue reading

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How a bomb dropped in 1937 complicated my life, 2004-2012

Continued from this post about Ernie and Florence Allison at the outbreak of war in Shanghai, August 1937… A flight of Japanese warplanes roared across the city and bombed Lunghwa and Huanjao airfields.[i] Fearing the worst, Ernie Allison rushed from … Continue reading

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China’s Wings in the Huffington Post

Happy to see China’s Wings get such positive ink from Christine Negroni in the Huffington Post. (Her mention is about halfway down the page.) Hope she has more to say about it when she’s finished. :-)

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Shanghai, August 1937: Ernie and Florence Allison at the outbreak of war

Shanghai, August, 1937: Allison grabbed his binoculars and dashed to the veranda to watch the dogfights. Florence begged him to come inside, but Allie couldn’t tear himself from the action. A tremendous explosion shook the building… Continue reading

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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part II

Nanking, August 15, 1937: The bomber peeled from formation and banked toward them. It leveled out and bore in at two-hundred feet, targeting the Generalissimo’s hanger. Moon could see straight into the airplane’s plexiglas nose, where the bombardier… Continue reading

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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part I

What happened to some of the CNAC pilots during the dark days of August, 1937, when a colossal battle between Japan and China erupted in Shanghai. Continue reading

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China’s Wings reviewed in World War II magazine

I’m pleased! I’ve been worried about the reception China’s Wings might get from the academic world, and I’m very gratified to get such a glowing review from a professional historian. Continue reading

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