The China Mirage

The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
By James Bradley (Audiobook, 2014)
From the bestselling author of Flags of our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a riveting, revisionist history of US-China relations from the 19th century to the dawn of World War II.

In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind the history of America's engagement in Asia. In Flags of our Fathers he revealed the painful legacy of Iwo Jima; in Flyboys he told the unknown story of a group of lost American pilots in the Pacific; and in The Imperial Cruise he laid bare the hidden origins of the Spanish-American War. THE CHINA MIRAGE is his most ambitious book yet, a vast history of American-Chinese relations from its missionary origins to the eve of WWII. Sure to be controversial in its dark portraits of those whom conventional history has acclaimed, potent in its critique of the missionary instinct, and brilliant in its exploration of the power of myth and mirage to convince men and women and nations that destiny is on their side, this is James Bradley's most intrepid work yet. And at a moment when relations between China and America are Topic #1, the book--the vigorous discussion it will spawn--could not be better timed.

From the bestselling author of Flags of our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a riveting, revisionist history of US-China relations from the 19th century to the dawn of World War II.

In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind the history of America's engagement in Asia. In Flags of our Fathers he revealed the painful legacy of Iwo Jima; in Flyboys he told the unknown story of a group of lost American pilots in the Pacific; and in The Imperial Cruise he laid bare the hidden origins of the Spanish-American War. THE CHINA MIRAGE is his most ambitious book yet, a vast history of American-Chinese relations from its missionary origins to the eve of WWII. Sure to be controversial in its dark portraits of those whom conventional history has acclaimed, potent in its critique of the missionary instinct, and brilliant in its exploration of the power of myth and mirage to convince men and women and nations that destiny is on their side, this is James Bradley's most intrepid work yet. And at a moment when relations between China and America are Topic #1, the book--the vigorous discussion it will spawn--could not be better timed.

James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Imperial Cruise, Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers and the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in New York.
  • PRAISE FOR THE IMPERIAL CRUISE:

    "Incendiary...[The Imperial Cruise] is startling enough to reshape conventional wisdom about Roosevelt's presidency."
    (New York Times).

  • "A provocative study...What is fascinating about Bradley's reconstruction of a largely neglected aspect of Roosevelt's legacy is the impact that his racial theories and his obsession with personal and national virility had on his diplomacy.  Engrossing and revelatory, The Imperial Cruise is revisionist history at its best."
    (New York Times Book Review).

  • "[Bradley's] ingenious narrative thread is to track an across-the-pacific 1905 goodwill voyage by Roosevelt's emissaries....[his indictment of Roosevelt] raises tantalizing questions." 
    (American History ).

  • "For readers under the impression that history is the story of good guys and bad guys...this book could be useful medicine."
    (USA Today).

Product Details

The China Mirage
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $35.00 US/$39.00 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 720
  • ISBN-13: 9781611136692
  • On Sale Date: 10/21/2014
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