The China Mirage Lib/E: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia (Library)

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Little Brown and Company
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6.7 X 1.2 X 6.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Imperial Cruise, Flyboys, and Flags of Our Fathers, and a son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.

Pete Larkin is an accomplished voice-over actor, award-winning audiobook narrator, and on-camera host. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.


Bradley's narrative talents and the central importance of Asian relations combine to make The China Mirage as riveting as it is significant.

-- "Barnes&"

Bradley argues that a better understanding of China could have helped America to avoid war with Japan in 1941 and subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam. Verdict: A superlative read that is highly recommended to experts and novices alike.

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

Bradley...argues that this positive, pre-WWII view of China was false and led the US into several policy errors, including the needless provocation of Japan... Bradley's work is insightful and entertaining.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Uncovers the nineteenth-century plan to create a 'New China' and 'Americanize Asia'...In this relentless critique of wrongheaded thinking by government officials who did not speak the Asian languages and had little hands-on experience, Bradley focuses especially on the foreign policy of the two Roosevelts...Bradley delivers a strenuous expose about the initial building of the 'rickety bridge of fellowship crossing the Pacific.'

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Pete Larkin offers a solid narration of this examination of US foreign policy on China. His tone is often engaging and sometimes conversational but always clear and easy to follow, even when navigating sentences with Chinese names...The book is enlightening and translates fairly well to audio.

-- "AudioFile"