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John Lewis Gaddis[MacMillan] candidly describes the brutality of Mao’s regime, pointing out that even the courtly Zhou Enlai, so respected by the Americans and by MacMillan herself, was responsible for multiple deaths and imprisonments. She shows why Nixon and Kissinger kept their approaches to the Chinese secret from allies and most of their own advisers, while suggesting that they relished the secrecy too much, carrying it beyond what was necessary. She reveals how generous the Americans were in giving the Chinese sensitive intelligence on Soviet military deployments, and how explicitly they promised to withdraw their own military forces from Taiwan and, eventually, South Vietnam. Her portrayals of key personalities throughout, as one might expect from the author of “Paris 1919,” are superb.
— The New York Times