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China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia

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James Lilley's life and family have been entwined with China's fate since his father moved to the country to work for Standard Oil in 1916. Lilley spent much of his childhood in China and after a Yale professor took him aside and suggested a career in intelligence, it became clear that he would spend his adult life returning to China again and again.

Lilley served for twenty-five years in the CIA in Laos, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taiwan before moving to the State Department in the early 1980s to begin a distinguished career as the U.S.'s top-ranking diplomat in Taiwan, ambassador to South Korea, and finally, ambassador to China. From helping Laotian insurgent forces assist the American efforts in Vietnam to his posting in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square crackdown, he was in a remarkable number of crucial places during challenging times as he spent his life tending to America's interests in Asia. In China Hands, he includes three generations of stories from an American family in the Far East, all of them absorbing, some of them exciting, and one, the loss of Lilley's much loved and admired brother, Frank, unremittingly tragic.

China Hands is a fascinating memoir of America in Asia, Asia itself, and one especially capable American's personal history.

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One of America's most respected diplomats on a life spent serving in the Far East

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From his childhood in China through his CIA activity during the Cold War--Lilley's memoir covers his family's roots in China, their long struggle to live with the People's Republic, and his personal mission to help build a better Asia.

About the Author

During a government career spanning four decades, James Lilley served in the CIA, White House, State Department, and Defense Department. He is the only American to have served as the head of the American missions in Beijing, where he was ambassador from 1989-1991, and Taiwan, where he was Director of the American Institute in Taiwan from 1982-1984. He also served as the U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 1986-1989. He is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Jeffrey Lilley is a journalist. He lives in Silver Springs, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586483432
With:
Lilley, Jeffrey
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
With:
Lilley, Jeffrey
Author:
Lilley, James R.
Author:
Lilley, Jeffrey
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 17 oz

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