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Drawing on newly available material from China and America, and capturing the personalities at the center of the drama (Henry Kissinger, Pat Nixon, and Chou En-lai among them), this breathtaking history looks at one of the formative moments of the 20th century and casts new light on two countries and their relationship, on into the world of the 21st century.
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By Roy on 08-23-10
Many of us lived through the meeting between Nixon and Mao. About all I remember is Nixon's return and his speech before Congress on TV. Now, MacMillan's book tells us everything there is to know (how could there be more) about the relationship(s) between the two countries in historical context, anecdotes that make individual players come alive to the listener, and wonderful insights all along the way. For example, the Ping Pong diplomacy - I laughed out loud at what took place.
The prose is wonderful and Barbara Caruso is great. There are a few places that are dry, anyone who has even a marginal interest in this one week in history, will not be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Karen on 12-28-07
Lots of details
previously unreported about Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China. Fascinating detail, average writing and above average narration. Recommended for the true history buff, but, if you are not crazy about this era you may want to pass.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful