“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

The Last Shanghai Lit Fest Event of 2010 – The Bloody White Baron

Posted: March 26th, 2010 | No Comments »

I plugged James Palmer’s excellent biography, The Bloody White Baron, several times in the past when it came out – see here, here and here. Book blurb and details below.

Roman Ungern von Sternberg was a Baltic aristocrat, a violent, headstrong youth posted to the wilds of Siberia and Mongolia before the First World War. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the Baron – now in command of a lethally effective rabble of cavalrymen – conquered Mongolia, the last time in history a country was seized by an army mounted on horses. He was a Kurtz-like figure, slaughtering everyone he suspected of irreligion or of being a Jew. And his is a story that rehearses later horrors in Russia and elsewhere. James Palmer’s book is an epic recreation of a forgotten episode and will establish him as a brilliant popular historian.

James had to cancel his event last weekend in Shanghai but it’s happening this Saturday which means he’ll be bring the curtain down on the Shanghai International Literary Festival 2010 – a week late, and on his own – almost – I’ll be moderating and ask a few questions.

Saturday March 27th – 3pm

As ever at the Glamour Bar on the Bund

Tickets  and details: 400-620-6006 (tickets), 6321-3599 (info) www.m-restaurantgroup.com


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