Observant and sensitive appraisal of conflicting currents in China, in reports of a free lance writer, a Pole, covering the years from 1936 to the evacuation of Chungking, Canton, Shanghai, Nanking, Hankow, Shangsi, Hong King.....As an expert in the field of narcotics (she had worked in the Anti-Opium Information Bureau in Geneva), her reputation had preceded her, she was virtually forced into investigating further the victimization of China to the narcotics trade, she met and defied the opium tsar. Her primary interest in China was in reconstruction projects, and she worked with Mme. Chiang Kai-shek on the reorganization of foreign publicity. She broadcast from Hankow in English and French and was made a colonel; she went on a relief mission to the 8th Route Army, saw Yenan and the workings of Communist democracy. Here are revelations, -- names, activities, organizations, on the industrial, educational and health fronts; here is a new slant on the factions now fighting behind the ""United Front""; here is an uncomfortably honest appraisal of Mme. Chiang that is sure to arouse controversy. Here are the first years of the United Front (people, Kuomintang, Army), tales of Bishop Root's household, sidelights on Anna Louise Strong, on Agnes Smedley, on the ""Redness"" that created troubles for all, on life in the Borderland and its defiant resistance to the Japanese. Modern and contemporary history with a personal accent that should prove meat for the conclave of critics.