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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Kissinger Narrator: Nicholas Hormann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight-line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating, shrewd…The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history.”

    New York Times

  • “Fluent, fascinating…part history, part memoir, and above all an examination of the premises, methods, and aims of Chinese foreign policy.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fascinating…In On China, statesman Henry Kissinger draws on historical records and forty years of direct interaction with four generations of Chinese leaders to analyze the link between China’s ancient past and its present-day trajectory. In doing so, the man who helped shape modern East-West relations presents an often unsettling, occasionally hopeful, and always compelling accounting of what we’re up against.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Fascinating…No living American has played a more important role than Henry Kissinger, the former national security advisor and secretary of state, in bringing about the historic rapprochement between the United States and China…[Kissinger] draw[s] deep insights into China’s traumatic encounter with much stronger Western powers.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Blends an incisive strategic analysis of the moves and countermoves of China, the United States, and the former Soviet Union with telling vignettes about his meetings with Chinese Communist Party leaders…Entertaining.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “No one can lay claim to so much influence on the shaping of foreign policy over the past fifty years as Henry Kissinger.”

    Financial Times

  • “Former Secretary of State Kissinger brings his considerable scholarly knowledge and professional expertise to this chronicle of the complicated evolution and precarious future of Chinese diplomacy with the West…Sage words and critical perspective lent by a significant participant in historical events.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty good overview of US-China relations and forecasts for the future. Quite a bit of Kissinger ego in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod Zemke | 2/8/2014

    " I am not a henry kissinger fan, but did enjoy the historical aspects of this detailed account of relations between the US and China. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tomlikeslife | 2/7/2014

    " This was a very hard book to finish. As I read the book I kept thinking the the Chinese leadership could do no wrong when it came diplomacy and was all seeing. Kissinger seemed to gloss over all the domestic issues and seemed to explain away Tiananmen as an internal affair that the US should ignore. He seems to believe everything the Chinese leaders say or write and spends way too much of the book quoting them. After reading this book I would put Henry Kissinger and Edger Snow on the same level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/4/2014

    " Very good. Very accessible history of China's diplomatic apparatus throughout history, focusing specifically on Maoist China-American relations. Strongly recommend. "

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