A first hand story of the kidnapping of Chiang Kal-shek, as told by a newspaper reporter, the first Journalist to penetrate Slan. He interprets the kidnapping as a protest against Chiang Kal-shek's reluctance to face the Japanese meance and his concentration on the ""Rod Menacc"". Might be considered an analysis of the turning point in the relations isn the Far East -- Civil strife of Japan, which? Brief hiog-raphioal sketch of Hseuh-liang, who demanded as ransom, ""a new policy for China.""Last half of book less stimulating reading. It deals with his personal impressions of life in Sian. Not consistently exciting reading, but informative and well done.