China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice by Richard Bernstein (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionA riveting account of the watershed moment in America s dealings with China that forever altered the course of East-West relations As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with China s Communist rebels their soldiers treated their American counterparts as heroes, rescuing airmen shot down over enemy territory. Chinese leaders talked of a future in which American money and techlogy would help lift China out of poverty. Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries, vowing to them his intention of establishing an American-style democracy in China. By year s end, however, cordiality had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust. Chinese Communist soldiers were setting ambushes for American marines in rth China; Communist newspapers were portraying the United States as an implacable imperialist enemy; civil war in China was erupting. The pattern was set for a quarter century of almost total Si-American mistrust, with the devastating wars in Korea and Vietnam among the consequences. Richard Bernstein here tells the incredible story of that year s sea change, brilliantly analyzing its many components, from ferocious infighting among U.S. diplomats, military leaders, and opinion makers to the complex relations between Mao and his patron, Stalin. On the American side, we meet experienced China hands John Paton Davies and John Stewart Service, whose efforts at negotiation made them prey to accusations of Communist sympathy; FDR s special ambassador Patrick J. Hurley, a decorated general and self-proclaimed cowboy; and Time journalist, Henry Luce, whose editorials helped turn the tide of American public opinion. On the Chinese side, Bernstein reveals the ascendant Mao and his intractable counterpart, Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek; and the indispensable Zhou Enlai. A tour de force of narrative history, China 1945 examines the first episode in which American power and good intentions came face-to-face with a powerful Asian revolutionary movement, and challenges familiar assumptions about the origins of modern Si-American relations.
- Author BiographyRichard Bernstein has been a reporter, culture critic, and commentator for more than thirty years. He was a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe forTimemagazine andThe New York Times, and was the first Beijing bureau chief forTime. He is the author of many books on Chinese and Asian themes, among themThe Coming Conflict with ChinaandUltimate Journey, the latter of which was a New York TimesBest Book of the Year. He is also the author ofOut of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001, which was named byThe Boston Globeas one of the seven best books of 2002. He lives in New York. richardbernstein.net @R_Bernstein
- Author(s)Richard Bernstein
- PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
- Date of Publication04/11/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKnopf Publishing Group
- Content Noteblack & white halftones, maps
- Weight862 g
- Width167 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine40 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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