GC. Random House,1987.First American edition-first printing,Grey hardback(some creases on the spine,grey lettering to the spine,two small colour marks and nicks on the edges of the cover) with Dj(some creases,nicks and scratch on the Dj cover),both in GC.Nice and clean pages with a colour mark,some ink marks and light shelf wear on the outer edges,colour mark,mark and pencil mark impression on the edges of the first page of the book,a couple of creases and nicks on the edges of the pages,two small marks and light shelf wear inside the edges of the Dj cover.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the cover.740pp including Author's note.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition.Heavy book(approx 1.3 Kg). This is another paragraph From Publishers Weekly: On a visit to her Bryn Mawr classmate's home in China, Julie Pavernen is swiftly caught up in the glittering corruption of Shanghai in the 1920s. In a matter of months, the well-bred American befriends a White Russian countess in a seamy line of work, takes a job with her gun-running uncle and falls in love with the son of her Chinese host. After such a debut, Julie's fervent efforts on behalf of the downtrodden during three tumultuous decades of fighting to free China from the grip of warlords and foreign powers should be unsurprising, but the shallowness of her character and that of others representing various political persuasions works against plausibility. Elegant, author of bestsellers Dynasty and Manchu, is an able historian. Unfortunately, his cast of constantly seesawing lovers and wooden historical figures never brings to life the remarkably complex political shifts of the People's Revolution.