The China Mirage

The China Mirage

The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia

Book - 2015
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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 U.S.-Chinese relations to this day.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316196673
Characteristics: 417 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 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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