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A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War

Following the phenomenal success of General George C. Marshall’s leadership of the American army during World War II, he was the standout candidate for a vital international mission: brokering a coalition government between China’s warring Nationalists and Communists. Marshall went overseas as a US “special representative” and began enacting miraculous change. Under Marshall’s guiding hand, China’s embattled political factions agreed to a ceasefire and settled on the principles of a democratic government. But over the next ten months, Marshall’s mission soured: the agreements he brokered fractured and civil war came to China after all.

This fascinating narrative history portrays the incredible beginnings and ultimate failure of Marshall’s high-stakes mission, with a remarkable cast of characters featuring a heroes’ gallery of American diplomats―Truman, Eisenhower, MacArthur, and many others. In spellbinding, pinpoint detail, The China Mission chronicles an unforgettable misstep in American diplomacy that changed the course of global politics forevermore.

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  • The China Mission has much to teach us about both the past and future of American leadership…I have rarely read such a vivid account of how diplomacy really works.”

    Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state

  • “Astute and surprisingly entertaining…A superb researcher, Kurtz-Phelan ably narrates an exasperating story featuring a genuinely peerless hero doing his best in a no-win situation. The definitive history of a failure from which the US seemingly learned nothing (civil war in Vietnam was already heating up).”

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  • “Brilliant…[A] beautifully written portrait of George Marshall, a statesman of such integrity that he seems as far removed from Washington, DC, today as would an ancient Roman.”

    Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and author of The Post-American World

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About the Author

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan was senior editor of Foreign Affairs before joining the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff in 2009. Currently a fellow at New York University, he has contributed reportage and analysis to the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Foreign Policy. He lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.