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Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy

Bruce Herschensohn

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ISBN 10: 0977898423 / ISBN 13: 9780977898428
Published by World Ahead Publishing, 2010
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Title: Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy

Publisher: World Ahead Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1.

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This book is admittedly biased in support of liberty. Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy focuses on U.S. relations with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China from the Mao Tse-tung era through the Cold War to the current day, and projects the island's possible future. Taiwan has long been a flashpoint in the struggle between the communist and free world. Yet even as the possibility of armed conflict between China and Taiwan increases - a conflict with great implications for the United States - a domestic war has sprung up between the Bush White House and its support of Taiwan, and State Department staffers who lean heavily to the side of the People's Republic of China. Key to the conflict are those who care more about making profit in China than they care about maintaining liberty in Taiwan.

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If Taiwan was attacked, what would the U.S. do? It's that provocative question that Bruce Herschensohn seeks to answer in the compelling, timely and disturbing book Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy. Herschensohn focuses on U.S. relations with Taiwan and China from the Maoist era through the Cold War to the current day, and projects what the future might hold. Taiwan has long been a flashpoint in the struggle between the communist and free worlds. As a possible armed conflict looms, a "domestic war" also exists between the White House, actively supporting Taiwan, and the State Department, leaning heavily to the Chinese point of view.

A highly-placed official in both the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Bruce Herschensohn is uniquely qualified to analyze this thorny aspect of U.S. foreign policy. He has traveled to Taiwan and China regularly since 1964 and has interviewed many of the top military and civilian officials in both countries. Among the new facts revealed in Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy is the existence of a personal letter written by former President Nixon to Jimmy Carter after Carter gave diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China.

While Nixon's letter explicitly warned Carter of the pressures his decision would place on Taiwan (and the U.S.), the former president refused to publicly censure Carter's decision. Though still in disgrace, Nixon observed a tradition that Carter has disdained -- that of refraining from publicly criticizing a sitting president.

Full of such never-before-revealed facts, Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy will provide welcome insight into the future of the turbulent - and increasingly acrimonious - relationship between the United States and China.

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