In May 1923, when Shanghai publisher and Chicago Tribune reporter John Benjamin Powell bought a first-class ticket for the Peking Express, he pictured an idyllic overnight journey on a brand-new train of unprecedented luxury—exactly what the advertisements promised. Seeing his fellow passengers, including the mysterious Italian lawyer Giuseppe Musso (a confidante of Mussolini and lawyer for the opium trade); American heiress Lucy Aldrich, sister-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; and other prominent travelers, he was certain it would be the trip of a lifetime. He was right, but for reasons he could not have guessed.
The Peking Express, brilliantly recreated with new and original research, tells the unforgettable true story of a clash that shocked the world—becoming so celebrated that it inspired several Hollywood movies—and set the course for China’s two-decade civil war.
Join our in-person event on April 19 with James Zimmerman, a Beijing-based lawyer who has lived and worked in China for over 25 years, as he speaks with Lingling Wei, Chief China correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, about his new book THE PEKING EXPRESS–The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China.
Copies of THE PEKING EXPRESS–The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China will be available for purchase on site provided by Strand Book Store and can be signed by the author.
This program is made possible through the generous support of Chinese International Education Foundation, as well as other public and private donors of China Institute.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.