By Kevin Peraino
A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's reaction to the autumn of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949--an remarkable political revolution that maintains to form East Asian politics to at the present time.
within the establishing months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman discovered himself confronted with a looming diplomatic catastrophe--"perhaps the best that this kingdom has ever suffered," because the journalist Walter Lippmann placed it. in the course of the spring and summer time, Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out throughout mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America's one-time best friend Chiang Kai-shek and taking keep watch over of Beijing, Shanghai, and different significant towns. As Truman and his aides--including his sensible, ruthless secretary of nation, Dean Acheson--scrambled to formulate a reaction, they have been pressured to contend not just with Mao, but in addition with unrelenting political enemies at domestic. Over the process this tumultuous yr, Mao could type a brand new innovative govt in Beijing, laying the root for the construction of contemporary China, whereas Chiang Kai-shek could flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan. those occasions reworked American overseas policy--leading, eventually, to many years of friction with Communist China, a long-standing U.S. dedication to Taiwan, and the following wars in Korea and Vietnam.
Drawing on chinese language and Russian assets, in addition to lately declassified CIA files, Kevin Peraino tells the tale of this awesome yr in the course of the eyes of the major avid gamers, together with Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of country Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first girl of the Republic of China.
Today, the legacy of 1949 is extra appropriate than ever to the relationships among China, the U.S., and the remainder of the area, as Beijing asserts its claims within the South China Sea and tensions undergo among Taiwan and the mainland.
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