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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: Dr. Margaret MacMillan Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Margaret MacMillan brings her extraordinary gifts to two of the most important countries today - the United States and China - and one of the most significant moments in modern history - Richard Nixon's week in China in February 1972, which opened relations between America and China (closed since the communists came to power in 1949). This momentous meeting and visit ultimately laid the foundation for the complex and difficult relationship between China and the United States that we see today. Nixon thought China could help him get out of Vietnam. Mao needed American technology to repair the huge 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? Did Nixon make a mistake in coming to China as a supplicant? And has the United States been at a disadvantage ever since? Drawing on newly available material from China and America, and capturing the personalities at the center of the drama (Henry Kissinger, Pat Nixon, and Chou En-lai among them), this breathtaking history looks at one of the formative moments of the 20th century and casts new light on two countries and their relationship, on into the world of the 21st century.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/16/2014

    " Having already read Henry Kissinger's "On China" this book was good but redundant. The format is a little awkward, skipping around from the actual trip to the preparations for the trip and then back again. That being said, this is still a worthwhile and interesting account of the people and events that made Nixon's trip possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pnorman811 | 2/16/2014

    " A good way to learn more about both men. It's important to read how we helped bring China to the place it finds itself now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/4/2014

    " i wish i had more time this semester to focus on reading. i felt as if i was forced to read this so quickly, i was not able to stop and really enjoy the process of learning. i would like to revisit this book again when i have more time to read for content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mk100 | 12/26/2013

    " A terrific primer on a crucial episode. This would not be able to be kept secret today. Really well-written and interesting. "

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