» » Two Kinds of Time

Download Two Kinds of Time epub

by Graham Peck,Robert Kapp

Graham Peck (1914-1968) made his first trip to China in 1935 and served with the U.S. Office of War Information in China throughout the 1940s. His memoir, Two Kinds of Time, first published in 1950, is witty and eloquent in both its words and the drawings with which it is lovingly illustrated. Long out of print in its unabridged version, this engagingly written eye-witness narrative of China on the eve of revolution remains an important source of historical and political information. Robert A. Kapp's new Introduction analyzes the book's original contribution and highlights its relevance to issues in the twenty-first century world.
Download Two Kinds of Time epub
ISBN: 0295988525
ISBN13: 978-0295988528
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Graham Peck,Robert Kapp
Language: English
Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1st University of Washington Press Edition edition (October 15, 2008)
Pages: 734 pages
ePUB size: 1101 kb
FB2 size: 1749 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 600
Other Formats: docx lrf mobi rtf

Reading this book deepens our understanding of what was really happening in China during the Japanese/Kuomintang era. Graham Peck was there, and he traveled around and got a first-hand look at many viewpoints and how the events that were taking place were affecting the people and steering the country in various directions. His keen insight and his commentary on what he saw and experienced are invaluable to anyone who wants to comprehend the China of today (and, for that matter, the world of today). This is the most thorough and insightful book I have ever seen about this subject, and I couldn't help thinking as I read it that human history is, in many ways, a script that has been played over and over in various settings and times. It's a tired old story of suffering, struggle, ruthless power and greed, and destructive wars. I believe the only way we will we learn the lessons from the past that we need in order to progress is to understand on a deep level what drives human society, and I believe Two Kinds of Time is a book that can help us toward that path. I'm thankful that there was such an intelligent pair of eyes recording all of this, and I hope this book will be widely read.
This is one of the most fascinating historical accounts of wartime China I have read. It has helped me understand the long, deep and possibly ineradicable roots of many of the problems facing China today. It is also a fascinating travelogue/sociological commentary. The author travels widely in China, from urban areas where there were many westerners to rural areas that few foreigners have ever seen. It is amazing that this book got published for the first time in the 1950's, and not surprising, but still tragic, that the author lived out his life in obscurity as a result of McCarthyism. I can imagine a much different outcome for the relations between the US and China if Peck and his like-minded contemporaries who had such a deep understanding of China, and a recognition that they still didn't understand everything, had been allowed to make a contribution to US foreign and domestic policy. The excellent introduction provides a context for those of us who came late to this wonderful book. I wish I had known about this book as a student in the 1970's.
This is a classic of reportage on China in the 1940s. Few outsiders knew China as well as Graham Peck. The book is long, but the anecdotes and insights reward the patient reader. A bonus for those who have obtained the original edition is the large number of fine illustrations.
Graham Peck's artistic sensibilities drive both his artistic and written descriptions of his experiences in China in the formative 1930's and 1940's. An original, authentic and humanistic mind provides humorous and light-hearted passages followed by the most insightful and heart rending evaluations of the foibles and negative aspects of the Chinese, Japanese, European and especially American activities that led to the success of the Communists. The test of time has proven Graham's genius in providing objective, nuanced and accurate evaluations of the policy implications of the Chinese, Japanese and Western powers. Follow the money is a more modern phrase yet it is a central tenet in Graham's analysis of what he saw around him in his exotic sojourns. Few authors provide the reader with the joy and pain and jarring Ah-Hahs of transcribing another's experiences as well as Mr. Peck does. I heartily recommend all three of his works.
Peck was a war correspondent stationed in China during much of the Second World War. He was there while the US was still neutral. Sympathetic to the Chinese people, he cuttingly describes the corruption and incompetence of the Kuomintang government. The sheer ineptitude was staggering, and paid for by the suffering of the average Chinese. While the US went whole heartedly into war (albeit late compared to the other Allies), the Kuomintang is shown as only mildly taking the war to the Japanese invader. Much of the Kuomintang's effort was directed against the Chinese Communists, who at least seemed to be more focused on holding off the Japanese.

Much of Peck's narrative is set in areas deep inside China. Especially around Chengdu and Chongking. Where the Kuomintang was able to hang over, against Japanese depredations. The story is not about military events, but about civilian experiences.