The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Bradley

Narrated By: Pete Larkin

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2015

Duration: 12 hours 4 minutes


"Bradley is sharp and rueful, and a voice for a more seasoned, constructive vision of our international relations with East Asia." --Christian Science Monitor
James Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. Meanwhile, American missionaries sought a myth: noble Chinese peasants eager to Westernize.

The media propagated this mirage, and FDR believed that supporting Chiang Kai-shek would make China America's best friend in Asia. But Chiang was on his way out and when Mao Zedong instead came to power, Americans were shocked, wondering how we had "lost China."

From the 1850s to the origins of the Vietnam War, Bradley reveals how American misconceptions about China have distorted our policies and led to the avoidable deaths of millions. The China Mirage dynamically explores the troubled history that still defines U.S.-Chinese relations today.


  • Steven Rowe

    The China Mirage is a very interesting book / read. I enjoyed learning some new things and getting a different perspective on how the Roosevelt Presidents shaped our relationship with China and the implications of it for later foreign policy. Certainly worth listing too!

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