When America First Met China
- An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
- Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
- Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-04-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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Peopled with fascinating characters - from the "Financier of the Revolution" Robert Morris to the Chinese emperor Qianlong, who considered foreigners inferior beings - this pause-resisting saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-listen for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.
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By zein on 09-18-14
Starts slow be patient!
What did you love best about When America First Met China?
It really did give me better insight into current relations with China and its people.
What other book might you compare When America First Met China to and why?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was fascinated. Spell bound by the quick turns in trade and what that meant for the human condition and our world relationship.
Any additional comments?
This was fantastic! It starts out so slow I thought I had made a mistake but great things come to those who wait. The storyline, adventure, engaging facts and true understanding of our history with China really heated up. By the middle I wouldn't have stopped listening for anything in the world and I am so happy I stuck it out. I would recommend this book to 10 out of 10 people. Worth it! I walked away feeling like I knew more, which is always my goal when I read. Mission accomplished with this one.
By Alex Krembs on 08-23-13
Captivating - good storytelling.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I most enjoyed when he uses specifics to get to the heart of the story. For example he details America's first ship employed in the China Trade after US independence is formally acheived, some of the trade and conflict in the Canton system, or mutinies in the coolie trade.
I was fascinated by his detail in the development of shipping building in the form of earliest clippers built for the China trade, the sailing times, competition with Britain, commercial factors driving it, and its participatory roots the competitive sprit leading to the popular sporting of today's America's Cup.
Would you listen to another book narrated by A. T. Chandler?
Do you think When America First Met China needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes - I woudl like to see him analyze trade and specifically ocean steam liners in Modern era in China trade.
Any additional comments?
I would have like to have heard more detail and less story telling.