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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret MacMillan Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Before 1972, no American president had visited communist China. So history was made, and both nations profoundly altered, when Nixon and Mao met in Beijing <#150> economically, politically, and culturally. Hear about this vital, transformative conference Download and start listening now!


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  • “Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing to open relations with Communist China was both a Cold War milestone and compelling political theater. Diplomatic historian MacMillan…gives a lively account of the pomp and protocol surrounding the trip…The author fills in the background with colorful, incisive biographical sketches and a lucid history of Sino-American relations…she turns a potentially dry diplomatic story into a fascinating study in high-wire diplomacy, full of intrigue and drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Kukwa | 2/19/2014

    " It isn't quite on the level of "Paris 1919", for one reason: Nixon doesn't usually warrant writing of this calibre, and there's something ironic about a Canadian historian writing the definitive work on a key moment of Cold War detente. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/16/2014

    " This was a great in-depth into the history, people and thinking that went into Nixon's famous trip into China during 1972. Most certainly, the week Nixon spent in China changed the course of world history. One could argue whether it was inevitable or not that China would eventually emerge on the world stage, but it's hard to imagine someone like Gerald Ford or Jimmy Carter making the first forays. After reading Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power this past summer, I had a lot of the background knowledge into the Nixon Administration's foreign policy decisions, but Macmillan's equal focus on Mao was quite interesting. A great read for anyone looking to better understand the history of the US/China relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tian Chen | 2/9/2014

    " Engaging. Informative. Author has a lively style, a knack for describing the various players that seems real, and human. Drawing on extensive sources, this is a must-read for anybody interested in one of the most significant events that utterly changed the geo-political balance of the cold war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " I know more than I did before, but the chronological jumping (which only starts after about a third of the book being linear in time) was annoying. Far worse, though, was the repeated references to The China Lobby without any explanation of what it was (Taiwanese ex-pats? hard-core Republicans? both? organized?). Not even one sentence about it, and yet it's thrown about as one of the intense domestic pressures Nixon faced at home. "

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