Mark Gayn tells the story of John Caldwell, sent to No Man's Land in China (coastal country near Hong Kong) as an advance...
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Mark Gayn tells the story of John Caldwell, sent to No Man's Land in China (coastal country near Hong Kong) as an advance agent. This was a mission of morale, of bringing assurance of American aid, of selling democracy, of learning the terrain. These are the people he saw,- Chinese worn down by Japanese bombing, by homelessness and poverty. There is little overt action, just an account of his tour of No Man's Land, of the visit to his missionary parents, of the setting up of a radio station to transmit propaganda to the Japanese, to service the Chinese press. His own disasters, as he was first a victim of acute meningitis (saved by smuggled Japanese sulfa), then of malaria, finally of sprue which weakened him so that he was forced to go home... A modest account of an isolated outpost assignment, performed with conscience and endurance- though without fireworks. Not for action-avid readers.