By Peter Hibbard. With a New Foreword by Robert Bickers
Shanghai was a frenzy of development in the early 20th century as businessmen, thrill-seekers and refugees poured in from all corners of the globe. The Far East’s most cosmopolitan city exuded luxury, style and excitement. One building on Shanghai’s waterfront Bund captured it all: the Cathay Hotel (known today as the Fairmont Peace Hotel). The fortunes of this art deco masterpiece have mirrored those of the city, weathering war, revolution and radical social upheaval. Peace at the Cathay chronicles the fascinating stories and personalities behind the city’s most iconic landmark.