The China Mirage

The China Mirage

The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia

Large Print - 2015
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A history of turbulent U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to World War II and Mao's ascent.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition, First edition.
ISBN: 9780316410670
0316410675
Branch Call Number: 327.51073 B728A
Characteristics: viii, 595 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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yinyao14
Nov 14, 2016

Readers shall be aware of the many errors on the 20th century Chinese history. Just a few to list:
Generalismo Chiang was held in custody in December 1936, but never in prison;
The Chinese communist army was not named the People's Army (from Red Army to The PLA);
Japan had never bombed the communist stronghold Yan'an;
Mao did not order the Hundred Regiments Offensive against Japan;

Readers also need to be aware of the permeating pro-communist stance, e.g. narration of a rather ideal communist Yan'an on page 255. The book gives a bleak then China, but never mentions the atrocities of the communist party. The author also downplays those Americans who helped war-time China on the Nationalist side, such as Colonel Clarie Chennaullt and his fly boys.

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StarGladiator
Sep 21, 2015

My major criticism with this book is the extraordinarily heavy-handed, one-sided treatment of labor and American workers vis-a-vis Chinese railroad workers, brought in by the boatload by the money trusts: the author sounds just like Rockefeller, Morgan and Harriman. [Their treatment was brutal, barbaric and uncalled for after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, but their treatment was horrendously bad under the railroad barons [most were literally worked to death]! Otherwise, a pretty good book and important to know that John Kerry's great-grandfather, Francis Blackwell Forbes, made the family fortune from being a drug dealer: selling opium in China!
Also, pp. 356-357, I salute the author for the following: // Two Catholic presidents had opposed the insertion of American combat troops into Vietnam's civil conflict----John F. Kennedy and Ngo Dinh Diem. They were both assassinated within weeks of each other in November of 1963. \\
These are crucial and important details to remember! [The CIA's Lucien Conein was in Saigon when Diem was murdered, and photographed by James Altgens by JFK's motorcade in Dallas when President Kennedy was murdered.]

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