By James Bradley
James Bradley introduces us to the in demand Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who within the 1800s made their fortunes within the China opium alternate. in the meantime, American missionaries sought a fable: noble chinese language peasants desirous to Westernize.
The media propagated this mirage, and FDR believed that assisting Chiang Kai-shek could make China America's ally in Asia. yet Chiang was once on his method out and while Mao Zedong as an alternative got here to strength, american citizens have been surprised, puzzling over how we had "lost China."
From the 1850s to the origins of the Vietnam struggle, Bradley finds how American misconceptions approximately China have distorted our rules and ended in the avoidable deaths of thousands. The China Mirage dynamically explores the afflicted heritage that also defines U.S.-Chinese relatives today.
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