Thunder Out Of China

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Jun 16, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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From the first outbreak of hostilities in northern China in 1937 to the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S.Missouri in 1945, this book re-creates the decade of upheaval when China was caught in the grip of revolution and war and torn from its feudal past. The authors Time-Life correspondents during the war years, report firsthand on the rise and fall of the Kuomintang nationalist government and its leader, Chiang Kaishek, who ironically misunderstood his own people as much as the Japanese. At the same time, we see how the Communists won popular support both with more extensive social reforms and with their unrelenting war against Japan. White and Jacoby also shed new light on the actions of "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell (the only American who assessed the Chinese situation accurately) and the diplomacy of Ambassador Patrick J. Hurley, also providing a classic account of the Chinese peasant and his revolution which has since proved to be the recurrent pattern of events in the developing Third World.

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

Old as it is this is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the course and end of World War II in China. White was there. Widely read in the US at the time.White gives his evaluation at the end of the intentions of Russia and the US at the close of the war. Read full review

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I have a first edition which was my mother's book. Taped to the inside is a review dated Dec. 18, 1946. It was a Book-of-the-Month-Club selection, and already being recognized as an important work. This book give a fine perspective on China at the end of WW2. Very readable. D. Solt

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Theodore H. White is the author of The Making of the President books, as well as America in Search of Itself.

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