From the bestselling author of Flags
of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a spellbinding
history of turbulent US-China relations from the nineteenth century to World
War II and Mao’s ascent.
In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind
America’s engagement in Asia. Now comes his most engrossing work yet. Beginning
in the 1850s, Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans who made their
fortunes in the China opium trade. As they—good Christians all—profitably
addicted millions, American missionaries arrived, promising salvation for those
who adopted Western ways.
And that was just the beginning.
From drug dealer Warren Delano to his grandson Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, from the port of Hong Kong to the towers of Princeton
University, from the era of Appomattox to the age of the A-Bomb, The China Mirage explores a difficult
century that defines US-Chinese relations to this day.
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“Uncovers the nineteenth-century plan to create a ‘New China’ and ‘Americanize Asia’…In this relentless critique of wrongheaded thinking by government officials who did not speak the Asian languages and had little hands-on experience, Bradley focuses especially on the foreign policy of the two Roosevelts…Bradley delivers a strenuous exposé about the initial building of the ‘rickety bridge of fellowship crossing the Pacific.’”