"Bradley is sharp and rueful, and a voice for a more
seasoned, constructive vision of our international relations with East
Asia." --Christian Science Monitor
James Bradley introduces us to the prominent
Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who in the 1800s
made their fortunes in the China opium trade. Meanwhile, American
missionaries sought a myth: noble Chinese peasants eager to Westernize.
media propagated this mirage, and FDR believed that supporting Chiang
Kai-shek would make China America's best friend in Asia. But Chiang was
on his way out and when Mao Zedong instead came to power, Americans were
shocked, wondering how we had "lost China."
From the 1850s to the
origins of the Vietnam War, Bradley reveals how American misconceptions
about China have distorted our policies and led to the avoidable deaths
of millions. The China Mirage dynamically explores the troubled history that still defines U.S.-Chinese relations today.