The China Mirage

  • by James Bradley
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Ng

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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- Ben Nelson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio