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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a spellbinding history of turbulent US-China relations from the nineteenth century to World War II and Mao's ascent.

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 US-Chinese relations to this day.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 James Bradley (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Investigative history at its best

Examining and explaining the roots of U.S. ignorance of Asia and the resulting countless, and seemingly inexplicable, foreign policy blunders and misjudged (and criminal) military misadventures. Brings so many loose historical threads together in thoroughly entertaining and original narrative. It's jam packed with detail spanning American foreign policy through the 19th and 20th century. A read that will bring me back a few times I suspect. Thanks

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  • Ben Nelson
  • 13-07-2016

A must read/hear

Hard to stop listening as myths were debunked with credible facts presented in detail making the book easy listening.

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  • Jaime L Parady
  • 03-03-2016

The great USA can't seem to learn from the past

The mistakes we made in China back then are the same mistakes we have made in the middle east recently. It's sad our leaders aren't informed well enough to not make the same mistake twice.

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  • Jose
  • 24-03-2018

A must read for Asians and Americans

What made the experience of listening to The China Mirage the most enjoyable?

The pacing of the story and the clarity of delivery.

What did you like best about this story?

How Time / Life / Fortune has manipulated people's minds through generations by slanting the news to favor the beliefs of its founder - a tradition that is carried through by today's writers in these magazines.

Which character – as performed by Pete Larkin – was your favorite?

FDR

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How the Deep State of the time worked to favor their own interests and in so doing has changed the course of history in Asia and America.

Any additional comments?

None

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  • Mr. Magestic
  • 16-02-2018

Very informative

I found the content compelling to change my view of history as it relates to the current relationship we have with China over the last 140 years. Sometimes the book went into too much detail for the story to flow well, however I am happy that I bought the book and it was worth listening to.

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  • Steve Adams
  • 15-11-2017

À Series of American Gaffs in Asia

James Bradley’s thoughtful book on the complicated relationship between the USA and China- really the Far East- is required reading, in my opinion.

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  • By the Seashore
  • 12-08-2017

Interesting Perspective

Loved it. Well worth the listen. Provides interesting perspective on formative phases of American foreign policy.

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  • Katherine Barton
  • 04-03-2016

An illuminating history

What did you love best about The China Mirage?

It revealed the background of our relations with China and all the missteps the USA took out of ignorance.

What did you like best about this story?

The book was thorough and well researched.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The 'China Mirage' is quite descriptive.

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  • Nicole
  • 22-02-2017

Sweeping statements

Glosses over complicated historical events to fit inside the authors biased narrative. Info on the Delano's was most interesting part. Waste of a credit.

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  • Ng
  • 12-06-2015

INCONSISTENT AND POOR PRONUNCIATION

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The name of one of the main characters of the book "Chiang" as in "Chiang Kai Shek" is pronounced in 8 different ways making the book unusable to the uninitiated and/or visually impaired. "Chiang" is articulated as "Chiang", "Chang", "Zhang" Zhiang", "Shang", "Shiang", "Jang" and "Jiang" throughout this audiobook. The book needs to be redone, carefully and thoroughly edited and audited for the proper pronunciation.

What did you like best about this story?

The book puts a whole new perspective on the history of the relationship between East Asia and US.

What didn’t you like about Pete Larkin’s performance?

His pronunciation of "Chiang" is sloppy if not atrocious.

Could you see The China Mirage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie like "Shogun" and "Pearl Harbor" would be enjoyable and educational. Too many characters to cast.

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