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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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  • “Bradley’s narrative talents and the central importance of Asian relations combine to make The China Mirage as riveting as it is significant.”

    Barnes&Noble.com

  • “Bradley argues that a better understanding of China could have helped America to avoid war with Japan in 1941 and subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam. Verdict: A superlative read that is highly recommended to experts and novices alike.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Bradley…argues that this positive, pre-WWII view of China was false and led the US into several policy errors, including the needless provocation of Japan… Bradley’s work is insightful and entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Pete Larkin offers a solid narration of this examination of US foreign policy on China. His tone is often engaging and sometimes conversational but always clear and easy to follow, even when navigating sentences with Chinese names…The book is enlightening and translates fairly well to audio.”

    AudioFile

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