China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice. Zedong Mao, Kai-shek Chiang.
China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice
China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice
China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice
China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice
China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice

China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice

New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. "As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with China's Communist rebels--their soldiers treated their American counterparts as heroes, rescuing airmen shot down over enemy territory. Chinese leaders talked of a future in which American money and technology would help lift China out of poverty. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries, vowing to them his intention of establishing an American-style democracy in China. By the year's end, however, cordiality had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust. Chinese Communist soldiers were setting ambushes for American marines in north China; Communist newspapers were portraying the United States as an implacable imperialist enemy; civil war in China was erupting." (Abridged from Front Flap). It is true that Mao Zedong initially considered his "brand" of communism to be more aligned with the freedoms offered by American democracy than communism as practiced by "...the crude Russians..." (a descriptor Mao himself used during a marathon (three-day!) strategy session with American-born defector, Sidney Rittenberg). As the flap copy further notes, Bernstein's excellent, live-wire history details the "...ferocious infighting among diplomats, military leaders, and opinion-makers..." as well as the complex relations between Mao and his patron, Stalin." The cast of characters peopling this decisive history include -- on the American side -- "...John Paton Davies and John Stewart Service, whose efforts at negotiation made them prey to accusations of Communist sympathy." Equally impactful were Franklin Delano Roosevelt's special ambassador, Patrick J. Hurley (a dedicated general and self-proclaimed cowboy) and Time Magazine journalist Henry Luce, "...whose editorials helped turn the tide of American public opinion." On the Chinese side, we find the able-&-ascendent Mao, "...his intractable counterpart, Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek," and "...the indispensable Zhou Enlai." [ISBN: 978-0-307-59588-1]. For all interested in the history surrounding Mao Zedong & his [eventual] Cultural Revolution, Your Devoted Assistant Curator would suggest the 2012 Documentary, "The Revolutionary" (which charts the stranger-than-fiction story of the above-mentioned Rittenberg) as an audiovisual companion piece to Bernstein’s explosive history. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket; First Edition, as stated on copyright page; First Printing, with no reference to additional printings at same. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges. Dust-jacket in very fine condition with only minute shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers; tiny exhibits of creasing-crinkling to topmost, bottommost fine-edges of spine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4828]

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