“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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The China Mission: George C. Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947

Posted: April 21st, 2018 | No Comments »

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan’s new book The China Mission looks very interesting…

 

Following the success of General George C. Marshall’s leadership of the American army during the Second World War, he was the obvious candidate for the international mission to broker a coalition government between China’s warring Nationalists and Communists. As a US “special representative” Marshall began enacting miraculous change and under his guiding hand, China’s political factions agreed to a ceasefire and settled on the principles of a democratic government. But then the agreements Marshall brokered fractured and civil war came to China.

This fascinating history portrays the incredible beginnings and ultimate failure of Marshall’s high-stakes mission. In spellbinding detail, The China Mission chronicles an unforgettable miss-step in American diplomacy that changed the course of global politics for ever more.

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