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Learn from the past with these diverse perspectives on History. These books strive to tell the true accounts of historical events, places, and people that have influenced our world, from ancient times to the 20th century. Popular authors include David Halberstam, Rob Chernow, Ibram X. Kendi and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Fortune's Bazaar: The Making of Hong Kong
Fortune's Bazaar: The Making of Hong Kong
Fortune's Bazaar: The Making of Hong Kong
Fortune's Bazaar: The Making of Hong Kong

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Fortune's Bazaar: The Making of Hong Kong

byVaudine England

A timely, well-researched, and “illuminating” (The New York Times Book Review) new history of Hong Kong that reveals the untold stories of the diverse peoples who have made it a multicultural world metropolis—and whose freedoms are endangered today. Hong Kong has always been many cities to many people: a seaport, a gateway to an empire, a place where fortunes can be dramatically made or lost, a place to disappear and reinvent oneself, and a melting pot of diverse populations from around the globe. A British Crown Colony for 155 years, Hong Kong is now ruled by the Chinese Communist Party. Here, renowned journalist Vaudine England delves into Hong Kong’s complex history and its people—diverse, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan—who have made this one-time fishing village into the world port city it is today. Rather than a traditional history describing a town led by British Governors or a mere offshoot of a collapsing Chinese empire, Fortune’s Bazaar is “a winning portrait of Hong Kong’s vibrant mosaic” (Publishers Weekly). While British traders and Asian merchants had long been busy in the Indian and South East Asian seas, many people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds arrived in Hong Kong, met, and married—despite all taboos—and created a distinct community. Many of Hong Kong’s most influential figures during its first century as a city were neither British nor Chinese—they were Malay or Indian, Jewish or Armenian, Parsi or Portuguese, Eurasian or Chindian—or simply, Hong Kongers. England describes those overlooked in history, including the opium traders who built synagogues and churches; ship owners carrying gold-rush migrants; the half-Dutch, half-Chinese gentleman with two wives who was knighted by Queen Victoria; and the gardeners who settled Kowloon, the mainland peninsula facing the island of Hong Kong, and became millionaires. A story of empire, race, and sex, Fortune’s Bazaar presents a “fresh…essential” (Ian Buruma), “formidable and important” (The Correspondent) history of a special place—a unique city made by diverse people of the world, whose part in its creation has never been properly told until now.

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About History

With plentiful award-winning ebooks on history, it’s now easier than ever to lose yourself in the politics, realities, and intricacies of our collective past. If you’re looking for enthralling diversions from your 21st-century reality, there are incredible history ebooks to sweep us up into old worlds ranging from England’s Henry VII to America’s Civil War. The best reads are ones that manage to strike a balance between accurate information and captivating narrative. In other words, both educational and entertaining. We’ve wrangled together here for you that blend those beautifully and both hold your attention and boost your knowledge. The best history books teach us about the people, events and artifacts of the past and bridge the gap between the present and the past. They encourage you to imagine yourself as someone living in the past, during war, strife, riches, starvation, victories, and tragedies. They ask us to reflect on what those things might mean for the rest of us in our modern world. Written by history scholars, professors, journalists, and other gifted writers, the best history ebooks help modern readers better comprehend the dynamics of history and the issues faced by people in the past.

With plentiful award-winning ebooks on history, it’s now easier than ever to lose yourself in the politics, realities, and intricacies of our collective past. If you’re looking for enthralling diversions from your 21st-century reality, there are incredible history ebooks to sweep us up into old worlds ranging from England’s Henry VII to America’s Civil War. The best reads are ones that manage to strike a balance between accurate information and captivating narrative. In other words, both educational and entertaining. We’ve wrangled together here for you that blend those beautifully and both hold your attention and boost your knowledge. The best history books teach us about the people, events and artifacts of the past and bridge the gap between the present and the past. They encourage you to imagine yourself as someone living in the past, during war, strife, riches, starvation, victories, and tragedies. They ask us to reflect on what those things might mean for the rest of us in our modern world. Written by history scholars, professors, journalists, and other gifted writers, the best history ebooks help modern readers better comprehend the dynamics of history and the issues faced by people in the past.