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A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 characters ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB G control of Beijing Shanghai and other major cities As Truman and his aides including his shrewd ruthless secretary of state Dean Acheson scrambled to formulate a response they were forced to contend not only with Mao but also with unrelenting political enemies at home Over the course of this tumultuous year Mao would fashion a new revolutionary government in Beijing laying the foundation for the creation of modern China while Chiang Kai shek would flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan These events transformed American foreign policy leading ultimately to decades of friction with Communist China a long standing US commitment Most history books paint the past in broad strokes covering dozens or hundreds of years Yet some of the most engaging works drill down into the events of a particular time or place Kevin Peraino has brilliantly used that approach in A Force So Swift Mao Truman and the Birth of Modern China 1949 By focusing on the events of a single year and concentrating on just ten key individual players in the drama Peraino has brought back to life the complex circumstances surrounding one of the seminal events of the 20th Century In Peraino s hands the emergence of the People s Republic of China comes across as though it might have occurred yesterdayAnd this is not dry history that can be forgotten As Peraino notes Anxious Chinese officials see today s American policy as a seuel to the containment strategy hatched in 19491949 was a fateful year in many ways The year witnessed the growth of the Red Scare the formation of NATO the opening run of Death of a Salesman the resignation and suicide of Defense Secretary James Forrestal the formation of the Council of Europe the trials of Alger Hiss the publication of 1984 the first test of a nuclear bomb by the Soviet Union and the formation of East and West Germany Every one of these events figures in the background of Peraino s chronicle of the yearI was barely conscious of the wider world in 1949 After all I was just eight years old But every one of the ten individuals Peraino follows through that fateful year conjures up memories for me Admittedly my reading of history has a lot to do with that But all ten of the people profiled in A Force So Swift were active for years after 1949 and I became familiar with them as the years went by Peraino s book helps me understand them betterThe cast of characters in A Force So Swift includes Mao Zedong Harry Truman Dean Acheson Chiang Kai Shek Madame Chiang Kai Shek Josef Stalin and Douglas MacArthur every one of whom is familiar to anyone who reads history Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson Congressman Walter Judd R Minnesota and British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin all played oversized roles in the events of 1949 but are less well known today Johnson and Judd were central figures in the China Lobby that pressured Truman Bevin engineered Britain s recognition of Red China in defiance of US wishesThe central drama illuminated in A Force So Swift is the clash between Acheson and the China Lobby led by Madame Chiang Kai Shek for President Truman s attention The debate centered on whether the United States should continue to support the Nationalist forces led by Chiang Kai Shek as they fell apart in the face of continuing Communist victories Acheson was firmly opposed Throughout the year Truman leaned toward Acheson s position but saying no became progressively difficult as the year unfolded To court Mao or to confront him Truman did not really want to do either The public relations campaign whipped up by the China Lobby was ferocious and political pressure from Congress and the Pentagon was daunting The congressional leadership was unanimously opposed to formally halting shipments of money and arms to Chiang Even before Mao declared the formation of the People s Republic on October 1 1949 Acheson and Truman were convinced Red China was a fait accompli and they hoped that by refraining from overt attacks on Mao s forces that a split would eventually emerge between China and the Soviet Union Their opponents refused to accept reality History shows Truman and Acheson were correctUltimately the legacy of 1949 Peraino writes in some cases despite Acheson s best efforts had included thirty years of nonrecognition of Communist China a decades long US commitment to Taiwan and the wars in Korea and VietnamKevin Peraino is an American journalist who has written for many leading publications He is a visiting scholar at New York University A Force So Swift is his second book

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A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 characters ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB To Taiwan and the subseuent wars in Korea and VietnamDrawing on Chinese and Russian sources as well as recently declassified CIA documents Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players including Mao Zedong President Truman Secretary of State Acheson Minnesota congressman Walter Judd and Madame Chiang Kai shek the influential first lady of the Republic of ChinaToday the legacy of 1949 isrelevant than ever to the relationships between China the United States and the rest of the world as Beijing asserts its claims in the South China Sea and tensions endure between Taiwan and the mainland This book is for the slow readers the ones who relish history through the prism of everyday life Every year has it s own importance at the global stage and so did 1949 The author connects the dots to piece together a brilliant book on the Chinese American relationship and the chain reaction which set these two countries apart ever since

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A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 characters ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB A gripping narrative of the Truman administration's response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949 an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this dayIn the opening months of 1949 US President Harry S Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe perhaps the greatest that this country has ever suffered as the journalist Walter Lippmann put it Throughout the spring and summer Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out across mainland China annihilating the rival troops of America's onetime ally Chiang Kai shek and takin Author could have researched thoroughly particularly among Rep Walter H Judd papers as he was less than accurate in Judy s role and motives I knew Judd well Also he all but ignored the roles of the anti Chiang and pro MaoState department and others influencing our government against Chiang Kai shek No development of the commies are just agrarian reformers campaign The author does a disservice to history and what happened to China It was a watershed for China but the author neglected to indicate how great a positive change could have come if we hadn t let down our WWII ally Among some positive developments almost surely been no Viet Man war No North Korea No communizing of Cambodia No Chinese attempt to control huge casts of sea areas Taiwan development and prosperity could have been mainland China s decades earlier without the cultural revolution etc which were the true gifts of Mao and Truman to the world


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    [A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949] EBOOK / PDF Author could have researched thoroughly particularly among Rep Walter H Judd papers as he was less than accurate in Judy's role and motives I knew Judd well Also he all but ignored the roles of the anti Chiang and pro MaoState department and others influencing our government against Chiang Kai shek No development of the commies are just agr

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    [A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949] EBOOK / PDF Kevin Peraino’s newest book A Force So Swift is an extremely well researched work into the China’s Maoist Revolution in 1949 and how Truman and the US reacted to it With Mao and his communist ideology on one side and Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalists on the other there were numerous competing influences both for and against a stronger US reaction or even military involvement Peraino outlines not only the

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    Join or create book clubs ä 7 download free download Ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ä Join or create book clubs read A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 During the year 1949 the communist people liberation army drove the disintegrating nationalist armies of Chiang Kai Shek out of mainland China In October Mao Zedong proclaimed the birth of the People’s Republic of China This book relates how the US government struggled to define a policy to respond to the collapse of its Chinese alliesThe Truman administration was divided between the State Department led by Secretary Dean Acheson and the

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    free download Ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ä Join or create book clubs [A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949] EBOOK / PDF Join or create book clubs ä 7 download This book is for the slow readers; the ones who relish history through the prism of everyday life Every year has it's own importance at the global stage and so did 1949 The author connects the dots to piece together a brilliant book on the Chinese American relationship and the chain reaction which set these two countries apart ever since

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    [A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949] EBOOK / PDF A book well written on American diplomacy on the eve of communist influence dropping it's anchor on ChinaWell researched and well explained

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