From Vagabond to Journalist (Hardcover)
University of Missouri, 9780826210609, 472pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 1996
Beginning with Snow's youthful ambition to travel the globe and concluding with his notable, if unobtrusive, role in the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between America and China, Farnsworth weaves a spellbinding narrative. Snow's adventure in Asia began in Yokohama where he landed as a stowaway from Hawaii. Then, just steps ahead of Japanese port police, he made his way to China, where he soon empathized with the suffering of the Chinese people and became curious about the role Communism might play in the rebellion against colonialism. As he traveled throughout the continent during the next thirteen years, Snow established contacts with many important people and won extraordinary personal access to the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. In 1936 he became the first Western journalist to visit the Chinese Red forces and report on a detailed interview with Mao Tse-tung after the completion of the epic Long March. His connections in China allowed him to return to the country several times during the Cold War, and as the Cold War began to thaw, American magazines were again happy to publish his writing because of his access to the major players in China.
Well researched and well written, From Vagabond to Journalist will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the history of modern China, U.S.-Chinese relations, journalism, or Edgar Snow.