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"When George Bush went to China in 1974, our two countries were still very much in the discovery stage of our relationship. His honest and personal reflections provide a rare, almost 'behind the scenes' window into that fascinating time period, and are a great reminder of how far we have come. The book is also a wonderful insight into the thought processes of a future president, who I believe history will judge as one of our greatest foreign policy presidents."--Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (ret.), former national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush

"George H. W. Bush's China diary captures a pivotal moment when Americans were reintroduced to the Middle Kingdom after a generation of estrangement. It also reveals much of the humanity, humor, and light foreign policy touch of a future president and presidential father. We can be grateful to Jeffrey Engel for putting this important document into its rich historical context and making it accessible."--Timothy Naftali, author of George H. W. Bush

"Engel's historical editing is the perfect frame to this lucid window on late-Maoist China. In the Bush diary's candid entries the reader can 'eavesdrop' on a statesman educating himself for the personal, pragmatic diplomacy that would change the world."--Walter A. McDougall, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heavens and the Earth

"Full of useful and previously unavailable information, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a timely publication. This valuable narrative offers a firsthand account of U.S.-China relations during a critical political juncture, talks about the opportunities and challenges that America faced in Vietnam and elsewhere, and records the life of the Beijing diplomatic circle in the last years of the Cultural Revolution. There is absolutely no doubt that this is an important book."--Chen Jian, Cornell University

"The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a real gem: accessible, lively, and informative. In its entirety, the diary makes a real contribution to our understanding of Bush's evolution as a politician and policymaker, and to our knowledge of Sino-American relations at a pivotal moment in time."--Michael Schaller, University of Arizona

"The insightful diary entries, the helpful chapter introductions, and the superb footnote annotations make this a sure winner for experts and non-experts alike! The China Diary of George H. W. Bush will be a widely read, widely cited, and widely influential book."--Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Synopsis:

"When George Bush went to China in 1974, our two countries were still very much in the discovery stage of our relationship. His honest and personal reflections provide a rare, almost 'behind the scenes' window into that fascinating time period, and are a great reminder of how far we have come. The book is also a wonderful insight into the thought processes of a future president, who I believe history will judge as one of our greatest foreign policy presidents."--Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (ret.), former national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush

"George H. W. Bush's China diary captures a pivotal moment when Americans were reintroduced to the Middle Kingdom after a generation of estrangement. It also reveals much of the humanity, humor, and light foreign policy touch of a future president and presidential father. We can be grateful to Jeffrey Engel for putting this important document into its rich historical context and making it accessible."--Timothy Naftali, author of George H. W. Bush

"Engel's historical editing is the perfect frame to this lucid window on late-Maoist China. In the Bush diary's candid entries the reader can 'eavesdrop' on a statesman educating himself for the personal, pragmatic diplomacy that would change the world."--Walter A. McDougall, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heavens and the Earth

"Full of useful and previously unavailable information, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a timely publication. This valuable narrative offers a firsthand account of U.S.-China relations during a critical political juncture, talks about the opportunities and challenges that America faced in Vietnam and elsewhere, and records the life of the Beijing diplomatic circle in the last years of the Cultural Revolution. There is absolutely no doubt that this is an important book."--Chen Jian, Cornell University

"The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a real gem: accessible, lively, and informative. In its entirety, the diary makes a real contribution to our understanding of Bush's evolution as a politician and policymaker, and to our knowledge of Sino-American relations at a pivotal moment in time."--Michael Schaller, University of Arizona

"The insightful diary entries, the helpful chapter introductions, and the superb footnote annotations make this a sure winner for experts and non-experts alike! The China Diary of George H. W. Bush will be a widely read, widely cited, and widely influential book."--Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Synopsis:

Available in print for the first time, this day-by-day diary of George H. W. Bush's life in China opens a fascinating window into one of the most formative periods of his career. As head of the United States Liaison Office in Beijing from 1974 to 1975, Bush witnessed high-level policy deliberations and daily social interactions between the two Cold War superpowers. The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an intimate look at this fundamental period of international history, marks a monumental contribution to our understanding of U.S.-China relations, and sheds light on the ideals of a global president in the making.

In compelling words, Bush reveals a thoughtful and pragmatic realism that would guide him for decades to come. He considers the crisis of Vietnam, the difficulties of détente, and tensions in the Middle East, while lamenting the global decline in American power. He formulates views on the importance of international alliances and personal diplomacy, as he struggles to form meaningful relationships with China's top leaders. With a critical eye for detail, he depicts key political figures, including Gerald Ford, Donald Rumsfeld, Deng Xiaoping, and the ever-difficult Henry Kissinger. Throughout, Bush offers impressions of China and its people, describing his explorations of Beijing by bicycle, and his experiences with Chinese food, language lessons, and Ping-Pong.

Complete with a preface by George H. W. Bush, and an introduction and essay by Jeffrey Engel that place Bush's China experience in the broad context of his public career, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an unmediated perspective on American diplomatic history, and explores a crucial period's impact on a future commander in chief.

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Engel teaches history and public policy at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government &Public Service and is associate director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of "Cold War at 30,000 Feet".

Table of Contents

Preface by George H. W. Bush xiii

Introduction: Bush's China Diary--What You Are About to Read xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

Cast of Primary Characters xxvii

CHAPTER ONE: "Everybody in the United States Wants to Go to China" 1

October 21 to November 1, 1974

CHAPTER TWO: "Public Posture versus Private Understanding" 49

November 2 to November 21, 1974

CHAPTER THREE: "We Must Not Capitulate on Matters This Fundamental" 88

November 22, 1974, to January 15, 1975

CHAPTER FOUR: "Much of the World Depends on the United States" 145

February 6 to March 9, 1975

CHAPTER FIVE: "When It Is a Matter of Principle It Really Means Do It Their Way" 193

March 10 to April 15, 1975

CHAPTER SIX: "We Do Have Principles and It Is Time We Stood Up for Them" 253

April 16 to June 2, 1975

CHAPTER SEVEN: "There Is No Credit in This Work" 308

June 3 to July 4, 1975

CHAPTER EIGHT: "I Have Studied Chinese" 348

July 5 to August 22, 1975

Bush in China: The Making of a Global President 397

Notes 465

An Essay on Sources 485

Index 495

Photographs follow page 192

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691130064
Author:
Engel, Jeffrey A
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Preface by:
Bush, George H. W.
Preface:
Bush, George H. W.
Editor:
Engel, Jeffrey A.
Author:
Bush, George H. W.
Author:
Engel, Jeffrey A.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Diplomats
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
American history
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Diplomats -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones.
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "When George Bush went to China in 1974, our two countries were still very much in the discovery stage of our relationship. His honest and personal reflections provide a rare, almost 'behind the scenes' window into that fascinating time period, and are a great reminder of how far we have come. The book is also a wonderful insight into the thought processes of a future president, who I believe history will judge as one of our greatest foreign policy presidents."--Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (ret.), former national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush

"George H. W. Bush's China diary captures a pivotal moment when Americans were reintroduced to the Middle Kingdom after a generation of estrangement. It also reveals much of the humanity, humor, and light foreign policy touch of a future president and presidential father. We can be grateful to Jeffrey Engel for putting this important document into its rich historical context and making it accessible."--Timothy Naftali, author of George H. W. Bush

"Engel's historical editing is the perfect frame to this lucid window on late-Maoist China. In the Bush diary's candid entries the reader can 'eavesdrop' on a statesman educating himself for the personal, pragmatic diplomacy that would change the world."--Walter A. McDougall, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heavens and the Earth

"Full of useful and previously unavailable information, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a timely publication. This valuable narrative offers a firsthand account of U.S.-China relations during a critical political juncture, talks about the opportunities and challenges that America faced in Vietnam and elsewhere, and records the life of the Beijing diplomatic circle in the last years of the Cultural Revolution. There is absolutely no doubt that this is an important book."--Chen Jian, Cornell University

"The China Diary of George H. W. Bush is a real gem: accessible, lively, and informative. In its entirety, the diary makes a real contribution to our understanding of Bush's evolution as a politician and policymaker, and to our knowledge of Sino-American relations at a pivotal moment in time."--Michael Schaller, University of Arizona

"The insightful diary entries, the helpful chapter introductions, and the superb footnote annotations make this a sure winner for experts and non-experts alike! The China Diary of George H. W. Bush will be a widely read, widely cited, and widely influential book."--Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Synopsis" by , Available in print for the first time, this day-by-day diary of George H. W. Bush's life in China opens a fascinating window into one of the most formative periods of his career. As head of the United States Liaison Office in Beijing from 1974 to 1975, Bush witnessed high-level policy deliberations and daily social interactions between the two Cold War superpowers. The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an intimate look at this fundamental period of international history, marks a monumental contribution to our understanding of U.S.-China relations, and sheds light on the ideals of a global president in the making.

In compelling words, Bush reveals a thoughtful and pragmatic realism that would guide him for decades to come. He considers the crisis of Vietnam, the difficulties of détente, and tensions in the Middle East, while lamenting the global decline in American power. He formulates views on the importance of international alliances and personal diplomacy, as he struggles to form meaningful relationships with China's top leaders. With a critical eye for detail, he depicts key political figures, including Gerald Ford, Donald Rumsfeld, Deng Xiaoping, and the ever-difficult Henry Kissinger. Throughout, Bush offers impressions of China and its people, describing his explorations of Beijing by bicycle, and his experiences with Chinese food, language lessons, and Ping-Pong.

Complete with a preface by George H. W. Bush, and an introduction and essay by Jeffrey Engel that place Bush's China experience in the broad context of his public career, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an unmediated perspective on American diplomatic history, and explores a crucial period's impact on a future commander in chief.

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