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《追龙：一名老记者对1949年中国革命的第一手报道》CHASING THE DRAGON: A VETERAN JOURNALIST’S
FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE 1949 CHINESE REVOLUTION作者：Roy Rowan
环球公司和罗伯特·德尼罗（Robert De Niro）、以及后者的翠贝卡电影公司合伙人Jane Rosenthal将制作一部有关毛泽东的影片，他们依据的是前《生活》杂志记者洛伊·罗万（Roy Rowan）的回忆录《追龙：一名老记者对1949年中国革命的第一手报道》（Chasing the Dragon: A Veteran Journalist’s Firsthand Account of the 1949 Chinese Revolution）。
年轻时洛伊·罗万因读了赛珍珠小说《大地》（Good Earth）而萌生了到中国的想法，二战结束后他梦想成真，以联合国救济署工作人员的身份来到中国，后转任《生活》和《时代》杂志上海部门的联络协调人员。他和摄影记者Jack Birns一起采访报道过国共内战的几场重大战役，亲眼见证了***和人民军队的崛起。此外他还曾爱上一个中国的口译人员，虽然后者有可能是间谍。
该片编剧是Jon Marans和Yuri Sivo，影片将以洛伊·罗万为主角。
In 1949 the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb, and eastern Europe had arranged itself into a constellation of communist satellite states, when China-the world’s most populous nation–succumbed to what seemed to be an insurmountable tide of communist successes. Dumbfounded, America wanted to know, “Who lost China?”
Roy Rowan was one of only two living Western journalists who covered the fall of China, and in Chasing the Dragon, he recounts his personal experiences during one of modern history’s most tumultuous and significant events. Writing for Life magazine from such datelines as Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang, Taiyuan, and China’s Gettysburg-Xuzhou-he watched the horror and spectacle of the world’s oldest continuous civilization tear itself apart as Chairman Mao Zedong’s ragtag army saturated the Chinese countryside, choked off major industrial cities, and waited for them to “fall like ripe melons.” With the fall of each city, Rowan had to plan an emergency evacuation by whatever means possible. Through Rowan’s personal interviews and experiences we meet colorful characters such as “Big Ears Tu,” the crime boss of Shanghai’s infamous Green Gang; “the Generalissimo” and his wife Madame Chiang Kai-shek, whose dulcet tones of flawless Wellesley English belied her cool ruthlessness; the irrepressible Claire Chennault of “Flying Tiger” fame; and a personal acquaintance with Zhouenlai, who would become China’s premier under Mao Zedong.
In the decades since, Rowan has traveled back to each battlefield, and has covered China for Time, Life, and Fortune. Chasing the Dragon is his fascinating firsthand account of an event that still continues to shape our world.
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