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Ambassador John H. Holdridge provides a fascinating insider's account of the complex and often arduous process of normalizing diplomatic relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China after three decades of mutual hostility. More than a memoir, Crossing the Divide illuminates the broad sweep of U.S.-China relations after World War II. With eloquence and profound insight, Holdridge describes the enormity of the divide between the two countries, summarizes the broad range of impediments to establishing and maintaining diplomatic relations, and demonstrates the significance of continuing efforts by both countries to overcome these obstacles. A book in the ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series.

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During his distinguished diplomatic career, John H. Holdridge was Henry Kissinger's senior staff member for East Asia at the National Security Council (1969-1972), deputy chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing (1973-1975), ambassador to Singapore (1975-1978), national intelligence officer for East Asia and the Pacific (1979-1981), assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific (1981-1983), and ambassador to Indonesia (1983-1986). He has been a consultant and writer since his retirement in 1986.

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It is refreshing to have the candid views of a true insider regarding the evolution of U.S.-China relations over the past three decades. Holdridge was on the scene at times when history was made, and he has given us a fresh view of many crucial events. (Robert A. Scalapino, University of California, Berkeley)

Ambassador Holdridge's book is an insider's account enlivened with humorous anecdotes. The author's views, which reflect experience and wisdom, are instructive to scholars, policymakers and the general public. (ChunTu Hsueh, Huang Hsing Foundation)

A unique first-person account of Sino-American relations. It is a gold mine for both scholars and lay observers, deceptively low key, balanced, comprehensive, and full of personal color. I recommend it in the strongest terms. (William P. Bundy, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, 1964-69 and editor of Foreign Affairs, 1972-84)

As one who lived through much of the evolution of US-China relations after the opening phases, I recommend this book as an extension and verification of much that has appeared in print about that exciting era. He has contributed much background and atmosphere to help us understand this significant process. (Arthur W. Hummel Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China)

Twenty-five years ago the Shanghai Communique surprised us and ushered in a new era in US―Chinese relations. In this book a skilled, professional insider with a memory for details leads us through this germinal event and describes many of the ups and downs which have since occurred. Tomorrow's world should ponder the message and the context now that there are only two superpowers left to dominate the future of world peace. (Barber B. Conable, Jr., chairman of the National Committee on U.S.?China Relations, former president, World Bank, and former member of the House of Repr)

Fills important gaps in the history as previously presented . . . a valuable contribution to the literature, which will prove helpful to both historians and students. (Shiping Zheng, University of Vermont)

This book offers an important addition to the memoirs of this dramatic period in Sino-U.S. relations. (M. Itoh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Holdridge provides much detailed insight into the nuts and bolts of Sino-American diplomacy... Historians will find many points of detail interesting. (International Affairs, July 1998)

Holdridge offers a timely and valuable corrective to a widespread and dangerouse misconception. The book is strongest in its accounts of Holdridge's first-hand experiences. Holdridge has given us a fascinating account of the building of Sino-U.S. relations, one that will interest specialists in the field as well as general audiences. (Shelley Rigger, Davidson College American Journal of Chinese Studies)

Crossing the Divide is a valuable addition to the body of history on U.S.―China relations... (Daojiong Zha, Miyazaki International College H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online)

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