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Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780812970579
Author(s): Margaret MacMillan
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Trade
Dimensions: 132 x 203 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 404

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With the publication of her landmark bestseller "Paris 1919," Margaret MacMillan was praised as "a superb writer who can bring history to life" ("The Philadelphia Inquirer"). Now she brings her extraordinary gifts to one of the most important subjects today-the relationship between the United States and China-and one of the most significant moments in modern history. In February 1972, Richard Nixon, the first American president ever to visit China, and Mao Tse-tung, the enigmatic Communist dictator, met for an hour in Beijing. Their meeting changed the course of history and ultimately laid the groundwork for the complex relationship between China and the United States that we see today.
That monumental meeting in 1972-during what Nixon called "the week that changed the world"-could have been brought about only by powerful leaders: Nixon himself, a great strategist and a flawed human being, and Mao, willful and ruthless. They were assisted by two brilliant and complex statesmen, Henry Kissinger and Chou En-lai. Surrounding them were fascinating people with unusual roles to play, including the enormously disciplined and unhappy Pat Nixon and a small-time Shanghai actress turned monstrous empress, Jiang Qing. And behind all of them lay the complex history of two countries, two great and equally confident civilizations: China, ancient and contemptuous yet fearful of barbarians bey
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