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I have read this history years ago, so I wanted a good general review of this era to go along with books I am reading about Japan's struggle with the West during the same period. I was well satisfied. This book is fair and well written. I love her reference to Westerners as &quot;barbarians&quot;. The narration is also excellent. It needed to be a woman's voice as the author is a woman, and one who can pronounce all the Chinese names.
One Amazon reviewer complained that in the final chapters Ms. Hahn was overly influenced by mid-20th century American anti-communism. I don't agree. On occasion Ms. Hahn descends into mild sarcasm when describing Communist &quot;re-education&quot; in the 1930s -- she describes it as brainwashing, which is not unfair -- and the over-romanticized view of the communists in some quarters of the American media during the 1930s and 40s, again not unfair. Yet her overall assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the communists and the Kuomintang is fair and accurate. There is no sense that CCP won in the end for any reason other than their inherent superiority to the KMT.
Its a pity that more of her books are not available in Audio, as many have been re-issued for Kindle.
Great coverage, especially of 19th century, of China and how it interacted with Western countries