STILWELL AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911~1945.: Tuchman, Barbara W.

STILWELL AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911~1945.

Tuchman, Barbara W.

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black & decorative gilt cloth 8vo. (minor spine decorations). dustwrapper in protective plastic. fine cond. binding square & tight. clean covers. bit of sunfading at spine top. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. with one tiny tear at spine top, not price clipped. first edition. first printing so stated.(possible high quality BCE~cloth cover, sewn binding, price on dw, no dimple but rear dw flap states "A Book~Of~The~Month~Club Selection") endpaper maps. 621p.append. biblio. notes. index. 4 add. maps. 32pp. of photos. biography. world history. american history. world war I. world war II. far east. china. japan. sino~japanese war. flying tigers. burma road. chiang kai shek. mao tse tung. revolution. communism. soviet union. stalin. chennault. f.d. roosevelt. ~"THE FUTURE OF ALL ASIA is at stake, along with the tremendous effort America has expended in that region . I know of no other man who has the ability, the force, and the determination to offset the disaster that now threatens China." This is the message sent by President Roosevelt to Chiang Kai~shek in July 1944, at the height of World War II, officially requesting the appointment of General Joseph W. Stilwell as commander of all China's armed forces. ~BARBARA TUCHMAN, whose previous works have examined World War I and the origins of the world's most violent century, now turns her attention to the sources of America's involvement in Asia. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911~45 is brilliant narrative history and superb biography~at once the story of our number~one man in China, the fabulous "Vinegar Joe," and of the American relation to China over three decades, from the fall of the Manchu empire to the rise of Mao Tse~tung. Stilwell was a man who loved China deeply, spoke its language, knew its people as few Americans ever have, and who saw the country without the obscuring haze of myth of his countrymen at home. The narrative follows him from the time he first entered China during the Revolution of 1911, the year when "the most ancient of independent nations stumbled into the twentieth century," through his tours of duty in Peking and Tientsin in the 1920ís and 30s, to his return as theater commander for China~Burma~India in World War II. Entwined with his fortunes is the twisted tale of American policy from the Open Door of John Hay to the doomed mission of General Marshall. The story reaches a climax in the classic confrontation between Stilwell, the unyielding force (in his assignment to mobilize the "combat effectiveness" of China), and Chiang Kai~shek, the immovable object. In that conflict the Generalissimo prevailed; China's destiny was self~determined, with results affecting all of us today. "I am conscious," writes Mrs. Tuchman, "of the hazards of venturing into the realm of America's China policy . Nevertheless, since China is the ultimate reason for our involvement in Southeast Asia, the subject is worth the venture even though the ground is hot." Critics have previously remarked Barbara Tuchman's command of the storyteller's art of swift pacing, tense exposition, graphic scene construction; her historical sophistication, impeccable use of sources, genius for organizing an intricate historical background; her ability to communicate a living sense of the people who shape history. All these qualities are abundantly present in her new book. Soldiers and ambassadors, missionaries and warlords, emerging Communists and a dominant woman, the spiritual heir of the Empress Dowager, people the pages. In Stilwell Mrs. Tuchman has found her ideal protagonist. Outstanding as a fighting man, he saw in Burma more frontline combat than any other top~ranking officer in World War II. The attributes which set him far apart from the Patton variety of military commander were his sense and sensibility, his scorn for the pretentious and guileful, his acid wit~as demonstrated by the many quotations from his letters and diaries. Bookseller Inventory # 5121101

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Publisher: NY.1971.Macmillan Publishing
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