Presenting a detailed narrative of the diplomatic, economic, and cultural competition between Beijing and Washington, Brazinsky offers an important new window for understanding the impact of the Cold War on the Third World. With China's growing involvement in Asia and Africa in the twenty-first century, this impressive new work of international history has an undeniable relevance to contemporary world affairs and policy making.
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By exploring China's foreign policy toward the Afro-Asian world during the Cold War, Brazinsky has moved the literature on Sino-American relations in a new direction. Scholars have noted the Maoist emphasis on the "intermediate zone," but few have taken it seriously by studying how it influenced Chinese policy.Lorenz Luthi, McGill University
Winning the Third World is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Cold War, American foreign policy, and China's foreign relations. Brazinsky's painstaking research, incisive analysis, and fluid narrative reveals the highly consequential Sino-American struggle for prestige and influence in the developing world during the first half of the Cold War.Thomas J. Christensen, author of The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power