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Nixon and Mao by Margaret MacMillan
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Oct 30, 08

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Read in October, 2008

Any history book that claims to be about a single small span of time of course expends half of the book on context, events years before and after. The time span is a good device that gives the book a focus, and also provides a reason to repeatedly step back from the bigger picture and add details like the type of candy provided by the Chinese hosts to Nixon.

Zhou is apparently pronounced very close to 'Joe', as in 'Zhou the premier of the People's Republic of China'.

I liked the examination of all the relationships with countries on the borders of China, their alignment with the Soviet Union or China or the United States- Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Japan, and the Koreas are the most prominent.

The most humorous part of this book is an anecdote about a group of U.S. reporters on their last day in their hotel in China: after Barbara Walters left her room to check out, her colleagues piled their dirty underwear on her bed. As the group was leaving a room attendant came running after her to give her a laundry bag thinking she had forgotten its contents...

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