For more than twenty years after the Communist Revolution in 1949, China and most of the western world had no diplomats in each others' capitals and no direct way to communicate. Then, in July 1971, Henry Kissinger arrived secretly in Beijing on a mission which quickly led to the reopening of relations between China and the West and changed the course of post-war history....more
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China is a complicated large country with a long history and civilization entirely different from Western ones. Chinese top leading group is a black box. Its operation is tightly kept confidential. For an autocracy like China, one cannot understand it without understanding its leaders. No wonder Western China watchers are frustrated in understanding China.
However, as a well-experienced diplomat who helped Nixon achieve rapprochement with China, Kissinger must be ...more
1. Take a look at the cover itself! Kissinger's name seems slightly bigger than the actual title.
2. A disproportionate amount of the photos feature the distinguished author. "Here is the author talking with X," "Here is the author talking with 'Y,' and my favorite, "Here is the author playing ping-pong with one of his aides." Well I guess you are a regular guy after all!
So, Kissinger lives up to his reputation as being somewhat self-important.
With t ...more
The first few chapters of the book cover a broad outline of Chinese history up to the early 20th century, and ventures an explanation of the nature of their relations with other nations - primarily as tributary states, as all challeng ...more
کتاب سرگذشت چین معاصر را از جنگ تریاک در قرن نوزده تا زمان ریاست جمهوری باراک اوباما، پوشش میدهد. با این حال، همه حوادث مهم را برنمیرسد؛ برای نمونه، الحاق هنگکنگ به سرزمین اصلی.
کیسینجر از میان همه مسائلی که یک کشور دارد فقط به دیپلماسی آن میپر ...more
Kissinger spends the first three chapters in an extensive analysis of the political history of China. Key to understanding China's history is the most fundamen ...more
All that said, this book is incredible. Kissinger's co ...more
I absolutely loved the beginning. Kissinger gives a great analysis and description of Chinese history and culture.
He described the Chinese mind-set, something I knew nothing about. He describes the Korean War, briefly and begins to go into great detail about Nixon's (and his) strategy.
Around page 300 he goes into infinite detail about what happened between him, Nixon and Mao. In it's way it was fascinating as he was there and this is a fir ...more
Kissinger puts us on the Chinese History Interstate Highway beginning more than two millennia ago. We travel in fifth gear from the time of Confucius, the purpose of which is to give us China's position in the world from a Chinese person's point of view, and get off at the beginning of the nineteenth century. We then travel through that century, in stop-and-go traffic, as Great Britain attempts to take China over in somewhat the same fashion as it ...more
I was immensely impressed by the first-hand materials Kissinger possessed in writing this powerful book. Kissinger chooses wisely the starting point where to begin his account. People, even among the Chinese pay little attention to the literal meaning of the Chinese name of the country. Explaining the meaning of the two Chinese characters helps understand the people’s tra ...more
What is strange though is that for someone who was always very cautious in his views, this is a strangely opinionated book without original opinions.
There is a very clear point of view and it almost re ...more
He turned out to be a primary source: a grossly biased primary source. He writes about Mao with a reverence which made me nauseous. The little I knew about China included Mao Zed ...more
With a title as generic as “On China”, I wondered what the book would hold for me. Would it be a collection of memoirs? An academic study of ancient Chinese culture and its impact upon the mindset of contemporary Chinese leaders? Perhaps it would provide a historical justification of the paradoxical marriag ...more
He starts out grandly, giving a rather hilarious description of Lord McCartney's ill-fated expedition to China, and covers the Opium Wars and following century of subjugation fairly well, noting the various ...more
Dr. Henry Kissinger writes at length about the country he has known for decades. Recounting Chinese history and culture, Kissinger examines how China sees itself and the outside world.
Dr. Kissinger examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy, from hundreds of years ago to current events with emphasis on the rise of Mao Zedong.
One of the t ...more
Chapters on Nixon-Mao relations (including real interview transcripts!) and Tiananmen Square Incident (the issue of morality and human rights) were my favorite. However, I think Kissinger really nailed the first two chapters, where he outlined China's "Middle Kingdom" m ...more
Note that most of hi ...more
A proponent of ...more