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Posted December 29, 2001
Smart Military Man Amid Strategic Chaos
Shrewdly crafted story of China that covers the period from the Boxers to the Koumintang. It surveys a gamut of feckless U.S. policy of high hopes and strategic wavering. Amid all Stilwell--tough, terse and pithy--strives to keep China a key player in the WWII fight against the Japanese, and tries to shape U.S. policy as well. Books deftly blends the pre-Communism history of China through the prism of U.S. policy and strategy, with the story of Vinegar Joe Stilwell... a colorful but less well known figure than many other WWII generals. A great book for study of the key dilemmas facing politicians and generals, and how to function in a near impossible situation.
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Posted October 6, 2007
This book covers the fall of the Chinese monarchy in 1911 to the end of 1946. This is a fine instruction manual on how regime change can go bad. The Chinese peasants, or the 100 Man as they are called in China, groaned under the weight of a corrupt and dying caste system under Imperial dictates in China. When the imperial system abdicated in 1911, utter chaos reigned in its place. Enter a scramble by warlords, western powers, and Imperial Japan to supplant it. America was a bewildered bystander. We are so hoplessly optimistic, like Candide in the woods, that we think everyone is better off like us. Unfortunately we supported the corrupt Nationalist government against the communist. The leader of the Nationalist was CKS, a man who was hopelessly unprepared to deal with Mao Te Sung, and an admirer of Hitler. Stilwell was a good man in the middle. Our attempt at regime change failed in China because we paid money to the Nationalist and didn't expect results.Hopefully this book will help people understand China and the process of American supported regime change. Outside of out and out aggression to invade, we have never been successful at this regime change game.Recommended reading to every American, and all U.S foreign service personel.
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Posted June 17, 2011
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