The men around Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek are a "gang," in the same sense that the New Deal or the Ohio Republican machine or the Cliveden set have been gangs. These are not sharp, rugged characters; these are reflections of the Generalissimo's many faces. But they are tough babies.

Chen Pu-lei, The Gissimo's thin secretary, is probably closest to him of all. Chen, 53, from the Gissimo's home province (Chekiang), was a distinguished journalist until he became Chiang's secretary in 1935. His importance rests in his determining who sees Chiang and what Chiang sees....

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