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For more than 40 years, the United States has played an indispensable role in helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?
Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the US government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders - as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.
Pillsbury also explains how the US government has helped - sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately - to make this "China dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the 21st century.
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By Rocky Mackintosh on 01-05-17
This is the 3rd book in a row that I've read on China. For some it may be helpful to learn more of China's history and culture before jumping into Pillsbury's book. I recommend "The China Mirage" by James Bradley and then "On China" by Henry Kissinger -- both available from Audible.
Pillsbury apparently writes from deep experience and admits that some of his past opinions on China's cooperative behavior have now changed. His revelations and warnings are very compelling.
Definitely worth a read.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Derek D Price on 06-15-15
Brings up plenty of good points to ponder but little to act on outside of policy makers. Also, the rhetoric is so anti-Chinese that it brings many of his accusations into question. Good audio book but im glad I didn't buy the paper copy.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful