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by Daniel S. Levy

  • ISBN: 0312309317
  • Category: Historical
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Daniel S. Levy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (April 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 416
  • ePub book: 1112 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1457 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 633

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Levy, a staff reporter for Time magazine, tells the picaresque story of Jewish adventurer Morris Cohen, who in a small way helped influence events in China.

Levy, a staff reporter for Time magazine, tells the picaresque story of Jewish adventurer Morris Cohen, who in a small way helped influence events in China. Born in Russia of Orthodox Jewish parents and reared in England, Cohen was a hustler, card sharp, and con man who was eventually forced to emigrate to Canada.

Morris (Moishe) Abraham Cohen (1887–1970), better known by the nickname Two-Gun Cohen and also known by his Chinese name Ma Kun (Chinese: 馬坤. .

Morris (Moishe) Abraham Cohen (1887–1970), better known by the nickname Two-Gun Cohen and also known by his Chinese name Ma Kun (Chinese: 馬坤), was a Polish-born British and Canadian adventurer of Jewish origin who became aide-de-camp to Sun Yat-sen and a major-general in the Chinese National Revolutionary Army. Cohen was born Abraham Mialczyn into a Jewish family in Radzanów, Poland on 3 August 1887. His father was Josef Leib Miaczyn, a wheelwright, and his mother was Sheindel Lipshitz

Presents a portrait of the British petty thief and con artist who became a general in Nationalist China.

Levy, Daniel S. (Daniel Saul), 1959-. Download book Two-Gun Cohen : a biography, Daniel S. Levy. St. Martin's Press, (c)1997.

Daniel S. Levy is the founder of Advanced Analytical Consulting Group, Inc . Two-Gun Cohen: A Biography

Daniel S. and he also serves as its National Managing Director. Two-Gun Cohen: A Biography )

Daniel S. Levy Two-Gun Cohen: A Biography (1997). Jim Christy, Scalawags (2008). This is what is written in the Charles Drage book, which Cohen essentially dictated to his friend Rose Klyne from his home in Montreal, and Klyne and Drage then organized as best they could.

Two-Gun Cohen is essentially a piece of historic fiction. Each page, like many of the stories that he relayed to the press over the preceding thirty years, contained inaccuracies and outright falsehoods

Two-Gun Cohen is essentially a piece of historic fiction. Each page, like many of the stories that he relayed to the press over the preceding thirty years, contained inaccuracies and outright falsehoods. HONG KONGâ?”Preparations are underway to launch yet another campaign against China's notorious warlords, according to a representative of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen

TWO-GUN COHEN: A Biography.

TWO-GUN COHEN: A Biography. The man he brings to life isn't Lawrence of Arabia; he is a sweeter character. He is Cohen of China. A diverting tale of the life and crimes of a unique Old China Hand, intertwined with the story of modern China.

A chunky Jewish battler from the East End of London, a con man, cardsharp, and charlatan-with-a-heart who became a bodyguard to Sun Yat-sen and a general in the Chinese Army, Morris "Two-Gun" Cohen was one of the most unusual adventurers of the twentieth century. He earned the name "Two-Gun" because wherever he went he always packed two pistols, which he wasn't afraid to use. Born into devout piety and dire poverty, Cohen did not appear to have a promising future. The eldest son of Orthodox Jewish parents, he nevertheless quickly developed into an incorrigible juvenile delinquent. Arrested in 1900 for picking pockets, Cohen was sent to reform school and then shipped off to western Canada. There he spent years wandering from Manitoba to British Columbia, picking pockets and hustling as he went. He regularly played poker at a Chinese gambling den in Saskatoon and one evening stumbled into the middle of an armed robbery. He did what came naturally to him, but what was unheard of at the time - he came to the defense of a Chinese man and knocked the robber out. That selfless act gained him the respect of the Chinese community; and a career in the Chinese revolution. After sailing to China in 1922, Cohen became an aide to President Sun Yat-sen and an influential man in Nationalist China, ending up as a general despite the fact that he never learned Chinese.

Comments

Jonariara Jonariara
Morris Cohen was a blowhard, a card sharp, and a petty criminal. His life story begins in a country plagued by pogroms, takes him to the streets of London, the wilds of Canada, into the chaos of China in the pre-WWII era, into a Japanese prison camp, and back into China in the post-war era.

It is a fascinating tale. But, it is also a touching picture of a man of no great moral character or strength who is made into more than anyone thought he could ever be by his relationship with Sun Yat-sen and his family. Cohen was wise enough to recognize greatness and offer himself up in its service, despite all his own personal flaws.

The book covers an interesting time in China and Cohen's almost miraculous trip through those years. He was a rogue of the first order, but unlike many of those upper class English diplomats who looked down their thin noses at him, he was full-blooded in his support of what he saw as China's best hope and understood much about the China that those diplomats never knew existed or cared to understand.

I would have loved to have shared a number of afternoons with Morris Cohen, but I hope I would not have been a foolish enough to play poker with him.
Gavirim Gavirim
It was a very interesting story which related to the historic immigration of the Chinese to Canada and U.S., the changes in the Government of China from Sun Yet Sun to the present, the development of trade, the pressures of various countries, the changes in Hong Kong, the invasion of the Japanese. Early in the book it talked about the treatment of Jews in Europe, the transportation of orphans to England. It spoke of how the British shipped orphans and undesireable people off to Canada and to Australia. In the center of this historic period was this Jewish man that was a small time pick pocket and card shark, con artist who became very influential in the Chinese society in Canada and later in China. He certainly promoted his accomplishments, but he really did a lot of good. I learned a lot and enjoyed the story; what more can you ask from a book?
Rocky Basilisk Rocky Basilisk
If you want to learn the early 20th Century history of Western Canada you never learned in school, this book is terrific. One surprise after another, particularly how intimately tied the history of Western Canada is to the history of modern day China! This book is fascinating history and a fascinating yarn. 4 instead of 5 stars only because it occasionally is repetitive and a bit disjointed in places, but that should not deter any history buff about reading about an bigger than life Canadian adventurer who, if he had been American, would probably have a theme park based on his adventures and a national holiday named after him!
Bremar Bremar
Two Gun Cohen is bigger than life. Like most biographies it is not a fast reading book, but it is a great book for anyone interested in the history of western Canada, China or interested in Jewish biography. I read the book after visiting places in England where Two Gun Cohen spent his youth,in the cities of western Canada where he spent his youth and China where he spend his mid life. The book is not for anyone that is not interested in history or biographies of unusual people. For me it was a great book; I wish that it was still available in hard cover, I am buying two addional copies for two friends of mine.
Ucantia Ucantia
What a character! I admire people who live by the seat of their pants.
The Chinese make a toast that goes something like: "May you live in interesting times" and it doesn't necessarily translate into "Good Luck" but Mr. Cohen certainly did live during interesting times...and survived!
It is an interesting but somewhat overpriced book , in my eyes.
Prince Persie Prince Persie
Excellent book about a fascinating subject, with interesting part of history thrown in. Worthwhile reading. Excellent packaging and on time delivery.
Bundis Bundis
The story didn't seem to go past the details, inconsequential names and nitnoid minutiae of the writer's obvious research.
It was a reach into history... Looking at the life of a con man and a hero... A rascal and a friend... Good and bad... Dogooder and slimy rapscallion...