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The lives of Agnes Smedley

Author: Ruth Price
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Was she a selfless political activist? A feminist heroine? A gifted writer who rose from poverty to become a leading journalist and author of the cult classic Daughter of Earth? A spy for the Soviet Union? Or all of these things?" "Drawing on fifteen years of intensive research and unprecedented access to previously unpublished documents, this book brings to life one of the twentieth century's most fascinating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Price, Ruth, 1951-
Lives of Agnes Smedley.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2004014874
(OCoLC)55845715
Named Person: Agnes Smedley; Agnes Smedley; Agnes Smedley
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Price
ISBN: 9781429461825 1429461829 9780195343861 0195343867 1280835125 9781280835124 9786610835126 6610835128
OCLC Number: 122258045
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 498 pages) : illustrations, map
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Contents; Acknowledgments; A Note on Spelling; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Beginnings; 2 Emergence as a Radical; 3 Indian Activism in Greenwich Village; 4 Moscow Beckons; 5 Love and Pain in Berlin; 6 Becoming a Writer; 7 Bend in the Road; 8 Comintern Agent in China; 9 Richard Sorge and the GRU; 10 Cloak and Dagger in Shanghai; 11 A Fissure Opens; 12 An Unruly Agent; 13 Mutiny in Sian; 14 Calamity Jane of the Chinese Revolution; 15 Selfless for the Cause; 16 Back in the U.S.A.; 17 The Cold War; 18 Exile; Epilogue; A Note on Sources and Citations; Notes; Index.
Responsibility: Ruth Price.
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Drawing on 15 years of intensive research and unprecedented access to previously unpublished documents, this vibrant book brings to life one of the 20th century's most fascinating women.  Read more...

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