Extended Audio Sample

Download Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World, by Margaret MacMillan Click for printable size audiobook cover
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 Carus Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $29.99 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

Margaret MacMillan brings her extraordinary gifts to one of the most important subjects today—the relationship between the United States and China—and one of the most significant moments in modern history.

In February 1972, Richard Nixon, the first American president ever to visit China, and Mao Tse-tung, the enigmatic Communist dictator, met for an hour in Beijing. Their meeting changed the course of history and ultimately laid the groundwork for the complex relationship between China and the United States that we see today.

That monumental meeting in 1972—during what Nixon called “the week that changed the world”—could have been brought about only by powerful leaders: Nixon himself, a great strategist and a flawed human being, and Mao, willful and ruthless. They were assisted by two brilliant and complex statesmen, Henry Kissinger and Chou En-lai. Surrounding them were fascinating people with unusual roles to play, including the enormously disciplined and unhappy Pat Nixon and a small-time Shanghai actress turned monstrous empress, Jiang Qing. And behind all of them lay the complex history of two countries, two great and equally confident civilizations: China, ancient and contemptuous yet fearful of barbarians beyond the Middle Kingdom, and the United States, forward-looking and confident, seeing itself as the beacon for the world.

Nixon thought China could help him get out of Vietnam. Mao needed American technology and expertise to repair the damage of the Cultural Revolution. Both men wanted an ally against an aggressive Soviet Union. Did they get what they wanted? Did Mao betray his own revolutionary ideals? How did the people of China react to this apparent change in attitude toward the imperialist Americans? Did Nixon make a mistake in coming to China as a supplicant? And what has been the impact of the visit on the United States ever since?

Weaving together fascinating anecdotes and insights, an understanding of Chinese and American history, and the momentous events of an extraordinary time, this brilliant audiobook looks at one of the transformative moments of the twentieth century and casts new light on a key relationship for the world of the twenty-first century.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 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. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations