p>Author and historian Richard B. Frank examines the new international scholarship on the first five years of China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan from 1937-42 on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Culled from previously sealed archives in both the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan), this scholarship not only illuminates the war’s devastating effects on and beyond the battlefields, but also compels a critical reevaluation of the roles of the Chinese participants, both Communists and Nationalists, as well as U.S. General Joseph W. Stillwell.
Frank is the author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, winner of the 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award, and MacArthur: A Biography.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.